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Shayna Velasquez, overall winner of the Radius Housing 'Art from the Heart' Competition

Shayna Velasquez, overall winner of the Radius Housing 'Art from the Heart' Competition

Shayna Velasquez, overall winner of the Radius Housing 'Art from the Heart' Competition

It was an art competition to brighten up nursing homes, care homes and sheltered schemes across Northern Ireland.

Hundreds of budding Banksy's and Picasso's from across the region submitted their entries to Radius Housing's 'Art from the Heart' Competition. Radius called upon children and young people of all ages and abilities to take a blank page or canvas and fill it with their ideas, using whatever creative materials they have at home.

These would be given to residents of nursing homes, care homes and sheltered schemes during this time when they're not seeing relatives or friends. The judges declared Shayna Velasquez from Belfast the overall winner, with Niamh McCay from Strabane declared runner-up.

Chief Executive of Radius Housing John McLean said: "There is certainly an incredible level of creativity in children and young people across Northern Ireland."

Belfast Telegraph