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Young Authors and Artists 2020

The Young Authors and Artists Project is an established and exciting element of our Northern Ireland Activity Programme.

Founded in the 1980s as an essay competition by the late Bob McCullough of the Belfast Telegraph, the competition continues to grow from strength to strength annually.

We aim for this competition to give deaf children and young people a platform to express themselves through the arts and to celebrate the creative achievements of deaf children and young people in Northern Ireland.

The theme this year is 'My Future'.

Project overview

  • For younger children – Use your talents and imagination to create your very own imaginary journey about what you want to be when you grow up.
  • For older children - Think about your hobbies and interests, what job you might like to do when you leave school, what support would help you achieve everything you want at college, university or on your apprenticeship. Don’t limit your aspirations: your deafness should not hold you back.

For the visual art pieces you can use any medium, e.g. paint, felt tip, crayon, pastels, collage, and photography.

Creative writing can be written or typed but must be no more than 300 words.

You can enter through your school or by yourself.

You can enter one piece of work in the creative writing category and one in the visual art category.

Fill in the Young Authors and Artists form 

For more information call 028 9035 2011 or email celine.heatley@ndcs.org.uk

Commercial cup

This cup is presented to a professional (teacher, classroom assistant, social worker or other professional) who has shown true dedication and support to deaf children and young people.

Find out more about commercial cup nominations