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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Get involves in ‘Love Ballymoney’ art competition
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For you chance of getting your art work showcased around the town, then get involved with a new ‘Love Ballymoney’ art competition.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Town & Village Management Team and Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce have launched an innovative new art competition which aims to bring added vibrancy to the town centre.

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Entries are open now for the ‘Love Ballymoney – Shop Eat Enjoy Local’ initiative, with members of the public encouraged to submit a potential design for a series of lamppost banners. 

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These will be complimented by four new ‘Welcome to Ballymoney’ signs which will combine to create a colourful and vibrant attraction which showcases pride in Ballymoney while also emphasising a positive ‘Shop Eat Enjoy Local’ message.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding said: “There can be no doubt that the past number of months have been difficult for our business community but as restrictions ease and people begin to return to our town centres, we want to create the most welcoming environment that we can.

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“These banners will allow members of the public to showcase their creativity and their connections to the town. We want the banners to tell a story about Ballymoney and illustrate what makes it such a special place in the Borough.”

The President of Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce Winnie Mellett said: “This art competition is open to everybody and you don’t have to be an artist to take part! A public display of local artwork will be a great way of bringing new colour into our town. Art is a very effective way of communicating positive messages as well as raising the profile of the history and heritage of Ballymoney and the local area. This will be an attraction for local residents and new visitors as well.”

The rules of the competition are simple:
· The artist must create and own the artwork they submit.
· The artist must give their work a title.
· Drawings, paintings, computer generated images and photography is permitted.
· The banners will be vertical and therefore artwork must be vertically orientated (portrait style) with the length / height being approximately twice that of the width.
· Minimum size of artwork is A4 (portrait format)
· The competition is open to everybody. There are no age restrictions.

How to enter
The competition will close at 4pm on Tuesday 30th June 2020. If restrictions allow by that date, completed artworks, including the name and contact details of the entrant, should be hand-delivered in a sealed envelope marked ‘Love Ballymoney Art Competition’ to the office of Fuse FM at 74 Main Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6AL (above The Winsome Lady shop). 

Entries can also be posted to the Ballymoney office of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Riada House, 14 Charles Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6DZ marked for the attention of ‘Town and Village Management’ or emailed to shaun.kennedy@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Prizes
The main prize will be the privilege of having your artwork on public display in Ballymoney. Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will also provide each winning artist with a £50 Causeway Coast and Glens Gift Card, which can be used in a wide range of shops and businesses throughout the Borough. The Gift Card promotes the Council’s Shop Eat Enjoy Local message, which in turn helps to sustain jobs and supports local businesses. 

For further details or any other queries about the competition, please contact Louise Morrow c/o Ballymoney Chamber on 07546 287567 or email louise.morrow1@btinternet.com or Shaun Kennedy on 07517 98 8162 or shaun.kennedy@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

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