How society and communities change, grow and develop for the better is the theme for this year’s Credit Union art competition.

Killarney Credit Union is urging the local community to take the ‘Walk of Life’ for its annual art competition building on last year’s theme of ‘The Force of Nature’, which focused on challenges facing the environment and our planet.

Entrants will have free reign to express their thoughts, opinions, visions and hopes on this theme. The closing date to submit finished entries to your local branch is October 25.

Participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from the positive changes they might have witnessed in their own local communities, or in wider society. 

“Our art competition is an important outlet for creative expression and development here in South Kerry, and events such as this contribute to a vibrant community,” Karena McCarthy, Youth Officer of Killarney Credit Union, said.

“As always, there will be some great prizes up for grabs. So, I would encourage everyone to spend a little time thinking about what the ‘Walk of Life’ theme means to them, and how they might like to depict it through art. Of course, our budding artists can also think on a more global level if they want – really the only rules in the competition are set by the artists’ own imagination!”

The hugely popular, national art competition is now in its 36th year and is open to children aged seven years and under right through to 18 years and over. There is also a category for those with physical or intellectual difficulties. 

The annual competition is part of the Irish League of Credit Unions’ (ILCU) commitment to supporting the artistic development of both young and old in communities throughout Ireland. Local winners will receive their prizes at a prize-giving ceremony in Killarney Credit Union. National winners will receive cash-prizes at an award ceremony to be held in February 2020.

Entry forms are available from all Killarney Credit Union branches in Beech Road, Park Road, Kenmare and Cahersiveen.