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Pupils urged to show some art

By Linda McKee

The half-melted clock is ticking for young Northern Ireland artists to submit entries to a fresh new art competition.

Surrealism pioneer Salvador Dali is the inspiration for this year’s Translink Ulster in Bloom Art Competition which was launched yesterday.

School pupils from years 8, 9, 10 and special education classes are invited to take inspiration from Dali’s dream-like landscapes, optical illusions and futurist environments, playing on the idea that objects are not always what they seem.

The competition marks the approaching 20th anniversary of Dali’s death in 1989.

Translink communications manager Lynda Shannon said: “Every year we see standards and creativity levels rise and so we must find new themes to really challenge our young artists. This year, with Dali as our inspiration, I have no doubt we will uncover some superb surrealists.

“Dali used a range of visual media, leaving behind a huge collection of works including oils, watercolours, drawings, graphics, sculptures, films, photographs, performance pieces, jewels and objects of all descriptions. Examining his most famous works should encourage pupils to experiment with a range of techniques when creating their pieces.

“Ulster in Bloom allows pupils across Northern Ireland to explore their local landscapes through an appreciation of their environment, and allows their works to be seen by both a local and worldwide audience.

“Perhaps it may even inspire some to pursue a career in art.”

Dali’s artisan skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters, with his best known work, The Persistence of Memory, completed in 1931. Born in 1904, he painted for nearly seven decades until his death in January 1989.

The closing date for entry in the Translink Ulster in Bloom schools art competition is Friday, December 19, 2008.

Great travel prizes for winning pupils’ classes and their families are up for grabs in each of the four categories - years 8, 9, 10 and Special Education.

Details and rules of the competition have been issued to all eligible schools. Further information is available by contacting Morrow Communications at 028 9039 3837 or by logging on to

All entries should be no larger than A3, should clearly display the pupil’s name, school and year group on the reverse and be posted to Morrow Communications, Hanwood House, Pavilions Office Park, Holywood, BT18 9JQ.

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