Art Competition


Jubilee of Mercy
Children’s Art Competition

Bishop Kevin Doran


Note to Teachers /Parents /Guardians

The primary purpose of this Art Competition is to encourage reflection and discussion on the topic of mercy in the family home and in the  classroom and to support  each participating child come to a deeper appreciation and awareness of mercy – especially God’s mercy toward them and God’s invitation to all of us ‘to be merciful like the Father’ (Luke 6:36).
Mindful of this teachers, parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to reflect on mercy with their pupils / children in advance of  them deciding how they will approach the theme relevant to their category, during their time of engagement and upon completion of their artwork.

 Categories and Themes

Category A:                  Junior Infants, Senior Infants & First Class
Theme:                         Jesus loves me

Category B:                  Second Class
Theme:                         Jesus encourages me to forgive

Category C:                   Third & Fourth Class
Theme:                         Jesus teaches me to be generous

Category D:                  Fifth & Sixth Class
Theme:                          Jesus invites me to witness to his mercy

Category E:                   Special Needs
Theme:                         Jesus is merciful


PRIZES  (For Each Category)

First prize:           €50 and illuminated certificate

Second prize:      €30 and illuminated certificate

Third prize:          €20 and illuminated certificate

Each school that enters the competition will also receive an illuminated certificate.



  1. Competition is open to pupils of all Primary Schools in the Diocese of Elphin.
  2. Entries should be no smaller than A4 and no bigger than A3. Please do not mount art work.
  3. Use of materials
    You may use any type of paper, white, coloured, rough or smooth. The picture may be drawn or painted using pencil, charcoal, crayon, pastel, water colour, acrylics, oils or poster paints.
  4. Each pupil’s work should be original and unaided.
  5. Entries will not be returned.
  6. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the winning entries.
  7. Schools with an enrolment of 200 pupils and upwards may submit six of the best entries in each of the categories. Schools with an enrolment of less than 200 may submit three of the best entries in each category.
  8. Names should not appear on any part of the art work. Please complete and attach the official entry form, which can be downloaded below, to the back of the art work.
  9. Please forward your entries to :
    Diocese of Elphin’s Jubilee of Mercy Art Competition,
    Elphin Diocesan Offices,
    Temple St.,
    F91 KTX2


Closing Date

Closing date for receipt of entries: Friday 28th October  2016.


Exhibition of all Artwork

Principals and Teachers are also encouraged  to speak with parish clergy about possibility of exhibiting all pupils’ artwork in parish churches.


Download Application Form

Children's Art Competition - Application Form (Word Version) Children's Art Competition - Application Form (PDF Version)