Malin Head girl’s Olympic poster a winner
A Malin Head student has been named the winner of a unique Olympics poster competition.
University of Ulster student, Fiona McLaughlin, designed the poster to celebrate the 2012 Olympic games in London.
A shortlist of 15 posters, out of 30 entries, will be exhibited at the Millennium Arts Centre in Portadown to coincide with the arrival of the Olympic flames to the town this summer.
Fiona, a Foundation year BDes Hons Design for Interaction and Animation student, based at Jordanstown’s Belfast Campus, said:
“I wanted the poster to be distinctive, dynamic and fresh. The figures and ‘London’ text were all hand-drawn before being placed into Adobe photoshop and illustrator for fine tuning.”
Lecturer Terri McManus said: “The 2012 Olympic A3 poster brief originated from an established tradition of encompassing visual expression to reflect the Games. The organising committee decided to commission a series of posters to ‘represent the intertwining of sports and art’.
“The students were invited to produce their interpretation of the spirit of the event. The standard of entry was very high and we’re especially delighted for Fiona, Shane and Therese, who came second and third.”
The competition was the idea of sisters Margaret McConnell, who works in the University’s Sports Services at the Jordanstown campus and Terri McManus, from the School of Art and Design at the Belfast Campus.
The contest was sponsored by ThinkTASC and run in collaboration with the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown as part of the 2012 INSPIRE programme.
After it’s time at the Portadown Centre, the artwork will then go on display at Jordanstown during the Games.
In second place was Shane Finegan from Newry and third prize went to Therese McGuinness from Enniskillen.
The judging panel included University of Ulster Provost Alistair Adair and Art and Design Head of School Professor Barbara Dass, Professor Juan Luis Paramio Salcines, Senior Lecturer of Sport Management at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Harry Porter from ThinkTasc and Jackie Barker, Art Centre Director of the Millennium Arts Centre.
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