Young artists and writers get chance to celebrate Tall Ships

BUDDING artists and young creative writers are being given the chance to become a lasting part of this year’s Tall Ships Festival in Waterford.

Waterford Institute of Technology and the Tall Ships Races Waterford have joined forces to offer secondary-school students competitions in both art and writing categories.

Primary-school pupils can also make their mark with artistic creations that best illustrate their theme, Celebrate the Tall Ships.

The winning entries will be displayed at an exhibition during the Tall Ships Races 2011. Prizes including helicopter rides during the event, tickets to the Parade of Sail breakfast and shopping vouchers.

Chairman of Tall Ships Races Waterford, Des Whelan, described the competitions as “a fantastic opportunity for young people to make their mark and play their part in what is set to be the biggest event in Waterford’s history.

“Young people are the lifeblood of any city and their development is at the heart of ethos of the Tall Ships Races. So we are really keen to encourage as many young people as possible to get onboard and be part of something quite unique and rather special.”

Waterford Institute of Technology registrar Dr Derek O’Byrne said that, as educational partners of the event, they were delighted to support young people’s participation in the races.

“It is wonderful to be able to showcase the young talent of the region. We really hope that students of all ages will grab this one-off opportunity and demonstrate, either visually or through the written word, the legacy of The Tall Ships Races and showcase all that Waterford has to offer.”

Entrants to the secondary school art competition must create a visual interpretation of either what they feel would best symbolise the return of the Tall Ships Races to Waterford or how Waterford and the south-east has developed since the arrival of the first Viking Tall Ships in the ninth century.

Secondary school students entering the written competition are being asked to write a piece welcoming the international crews of the Races, with a second option entitled: What The Tall Ships Race 2011 Waterford means to me.

Primary school pupils are invited to create a drawing, painting, collage or cartoon to best reflect the celebration of the Tall Ships.

* Entry forms are available from schools in Waterford city and county or at waterfordtallshipsrace.ie.

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