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The City of the Future: Summer Art Competition for Young People

Draw, paint, stick, sculpt - create your dream community and enter our competition to be part of designing a better future for Belfast City!

Would you like to see your work exhibited on a gallery wall? Do you want to be in with a chance to win £500 for you as well as £500 for an organisation you support?

The Take Back the City coalition, in partnership with the Mac in Belfast, has launched a summer art competition for young people.

Draw, paint, stick, sculpt - imagine your dream community and be part of designing a better future for Belfast City!

Show us what the houses, outdoor spaces, places to play, shops and amenities might look like. Make your design as environmentally friendly as you can. Think about how living in this community would make people feel.

How to take part

You can enter the competition on your own or as part of a group. Anyone under 18 can enter.

Entries can be sent:

(Please retain all original artwork for further use and showcasing/publicity.)

Remember to tell us your name, age, school or youth group (if applicable) and provide contact details of the supporting parent, guardian, school or organisation.

The competition closes on Friday 30th September 2022.

Entries will be showcased at the MAC, Belfast. Details of the exhibition will be shared with all entrants via the contact details provided.

Information for Youth Workers and Teachers

There are many families in Belfast who don’t have a home.

Take Back The City Coalition in partnership with The MAC are encouraging young people to participate in an art competition which will run alongside an Urban Design competition which is exploring ideas for an inclusive and sustainable community on the 25 acre former Mackie’s site in Belfast.

We are asking you to help engage the young people you work with to use the visual arts (drawing, painting, posters, collages, photos, sculptures, digital art) to explore what their dream community, a new vision for Belfast would look like.

All ideas are welcome! They can focus on what houses for families might be like, how we can make the places we live more climate friendly, how people can connect to other spaces and communities, who might like to live there, where they could play, how they might encourage nature and wildlife.

The MAC, Belfast are interested in creating a space to showcase children and young people’s ideas, so please keep all the artwork safe if you are not sending it off to us.

The winner will be chosen by representatives of the Take Back the City coalition. The winner will be announced in October 2022 and Take Back the City will provide a prize of £500 to the winner and £500 to an organisation of their choice.

Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to both individual children and young people and groups.

For the purposes of this competition a child or young person is any person under 18 years of age, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

If the winner is an individual they will be awarded £500. If the winner is a group entry, £500 will be shared between the entrants. In either case the winner(s) will be able to nominate an organisation of their choice to receive a further £500, subject to the conditions below:

Please note that PPR will not provide prize money to any organisation which engages in:

  • Party political activity
  • Advancement of religion, which includes organisations who have a purpose to advance religion
  • Groups whose ethos or work contradicts PPR’s vision, mission and values. These are ‘to promote a society in which all people are accorded equal respect and dignity and their human rights upheld, protected and fulfilled through democratic participation and accountable governance. PPR facilitates and supports the most marginalised communities to use human rights based approaches to realise their social and economic rights. Our values are participation, empowerment, accountability, equality and dignity.’

This competition is being funded by the Oak Foundation.

Take Back the City logo The Take Back the City coalition was formed in 2021 to develop sustainable solutions to Belfast’s housing crisis. We are families in housing need supported by experts in architecture, urban planning, housing policy, technology, communications, permaculture, human rights and equality.
Supported by
Oak Foundation logo PPR logo Queens University Belfast logo Town and Country Planning Association logo