Launch of Children’s Portraiture Competition

Roscommon Arts Centre is working on brightening up Circular Road with a new exhibition of self-portraits by Roscommon children planned for the doors and windows of the centre this June.

‘This is Me’ is an open invitation to Roscommon children from pre-school up to 6th Year students to draw a picture of themselves for an ever-changing exhibition throughout June as part of Roscommon’s Crinniú na nÓg celebration which takes place on Saturday, 13th of June.

Crinniú na nÓg is a strand of the Creative Ireland Programme and is a national day which celebrates youthful creativity. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, celebrations are being re-imagined with projects such as this taking place throughout the country.

The criteria for submitting a portrait for ‘This is Me’ are now listed on and the closing date for entries is Wednesday, 10th of June. Exhibition information has also been posted in the window of the Arts Centre and on their Facebook page, which details how to submit (email only), the size of the picture, etc. so parents are encouraged to check these out before sending in any work.

Roscommon artist Sian Costello has also developed an online portrait tutorial which was released on National Drawing Day for children with hints and useful tips for anyone interested in entering and this can accessed via Roscommon Arts Centre’s Facebook page and on the website.

‘This is Me’ is just one of a host of events, most of which will happen virtually on June 13th being developed and delivered by the Creative Ireland Roscommon team – so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for more announcements!