Assembly art success

Photo by Marie-Therese Hurson/Harrison Photography
Photo by Marie-Therese Hurson/Harrison Photography

Parliament Buildings, Stormont was a sea of colour last week as 22 pupils from local primary schools gathered in the Great Hall to receive their Northern Ireland Assembly’s Art Competition Awards.

The competition, had called on budding primary school Picassos to submit an original drawing or painting based on one of two themes: ‘Remembering the Titanic’ or ‘My World’.

Among the lucky winners were Derry pupils Molly Kelly from St. Brigid’s Primary School, Carnhill and Nathan Boyle from Belmont House Special School. Their entries were selected from a staggering 2,500 entries.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Principal Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr Francie Molloy MLA said: “It has been a tremendous honour to be here today and to have had the opportunity to meet so many vibrant and creative young people. We were absolutely astounded to receive over 2,000 entries to the competition, the first of its kind organised by the Assembly. The standard and the level of skill and creativity produced by our local pupils has been beyond compare and certainly made the job of the judging panel very difficult indeed. In recent months, we have used the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings to showcase a number of works of art.”

Molly Kelly and Nathan Boyle’s art works will remain on display until Friday 27 April 2012.