Library arts competition to let creativity fly free

Youth in the Armidale region are being invited to share their creativity and thoughts about COVID-19, with the chance to win one of four $250 EFTPOS cards.

To coincide with recent Youth Week celebrations, Armidale Regional Library has launched a Live it. Create it. Share it competition for residents aged 12 to 25 in the Armidale region.

“Young people can choose how they express their experience of COVID-19 and what it has meant to them,” Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.

“It can be some form of creative writing, like a poem or short story, or visual art such as a photograph, drawing or sculpture.

“The only requirement is you must be able to capture it digitally and upload it to the Live it. Create it. Share it page on our Your Say Armidale website.”

Visual artworks can be filmed or photographed, and should include a brief artist’s statement describing the work and how it represents the theme of COVID-19.

Entries are open until Sunday 7 June and will be judged in two age categories:

  • 12 to 16 years of age
  • 17 to 25 years of age

Two winners will be chosen in each category and will each receive an EFTPOS card with $250 to spend.

Entrants must be aged between 12 and 25 and must live in the Armidale Regional Council local government area.

“The COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak and social distancing measures implemented as a result have brought challenging times for many people,” Councillor Murray said.

“The competition is not only a great opportunity for young residents to unleash their creativity, it could also be a healthy exercise for youths to express how they are feeling.

“I think it will bring interesting and valuable insight to how young people are dealing with the situation we find ourselves in.”

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