FAQs

Everything you need to know

  • What is Art?

    Good question! People have been asking (and arguing) about this question since the dawn of time! Some say art is anything created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings, others say it's simply something which tells the viewer about the human condition, what it’s like to be alive. (The term ‘art’ also refers to music, literature, poetry, architecture, theatre and film as well as the visual arts.)

    We’ve asked lots of people, young and old, how they would answer this question but it’s up to you to make up your own mind!

  • What is an artist’s statement?

    An artist’s statement is simply a short introduction to your work. It can be whatever you think is significant or whatever might help a viewer to better understand your work. Best keep it short — just enough detail to keep the viewer interested. No longer than 500 words maximum.

    Here are questions you could ask yourself before you write your artist's statement.

    Why did you make this piece of art?

    Why are you drawn to this subject? How are you responding to the theme? Giving a behind-the-scenes look into what drives your art is an excellent way to begin building an emotional connection with your audience.

    What does your art represent?

    Does your art represent something about you or your message about the world?

    What inspired you to create this work?

    What connection do you have to your art? What motivates you? Try to express why you create what you do and your audience will feel more enthusiastic about it, too.

    How did you make it?

    Why did you choose these materials? What techniques did you use? Is there a connection between the way you made your work and what your work is trying to say?

  • How do I enter the competition?

    To enter the competition you need to complete a few simple steps:

    • Create an original piece of artwork
    • Scan your work with a scanner or Snap a high resolution photograph with a camera, tablet or smart-phone.
    • Fill out the entry form and upload your images to thisisart.ie/enter.
  • Where do I find the entry form?

    Finding the entry form is easy just visit rte.ie/thisisart or thisisart.ie/enter.

  • How do I complete the entry form?

    Add your details to the entry form and upload your image of your artwork and that’s it!

  • Can I enter the competition via post?

    No, you can only enter online through the RTÉ and This Is Art! websites.

  • How many entries can I submit?

    Only one entry can be submitted by each individual or group.

  • Can I enter something I did a few years ago?

    No, it must be something you made in the last year.

  • If my artwork has won another competition, can I enter it?

    Unfortunately not! But congratulations.

  • Do I have to be from Ireland to enter?

    Submissions will be accepted from young people living in the 32 counties of the island of Ireland.

  • Are there any file size restrictions?

    Each image should be no more than 7MB. We accept both JPG’s and PNG’s.

  • Is there anything I can’t submit?

    Don’t submit work that features imagery which you don’t own the rights to, for instance, trademarks, brands or intellectual property you don’t own like Disney, Pixar, Marvel characters.

    Be respectful of private people’s right to their own image — always ask permission before making a portrait of someone.

    Any submissions which are defamatory, obscene, explicit, indecent or hateful or contain threats towards a person, place, business, or group will not be eligible for inclusion.

    We don’t like to censor but submissions will be moderated to ensure that the digital gallery is suitable for viewing by all ages.
    Don’t submit anything you wouldn’t be comfortable showing in school ie. graphic/violent/adult/explicit imagery.

  • Can I submit animation, film or video work?

    Unfortunately, we are not currently accepting submissions of the moving image ie. animation, film or video art. You may, however, submit character design artwork.

  • Can I submit performance art?

    If your performance art can be photographed successfully, you may indeed submit a photograph. Just be sure to tell us all about it in your artist statement.

  • What materials can I use?

    You can use any materials you like.

  • If I have a disability, additional need or impairment. Do I need to tell you about it?

    This is Art! is an inclusive competition and welcomes submissions from people of all abilities. There is no need to disclose details of your additional needs, disability or impairment unless you want us to know about it or you feel it is relevant to your work or your process.

  • What will you do with my personal information?

    All personal data will be held securely by RTÉ and will be used to administer and publish your submission.

    To find out more about how we use your personal information please read and review our privacy policy.

  • What personal information will be published online?

    Your first name, age and county of residence will be published online alongside your artwork and your artist statement. If you are chosen as a winner, we may publish your photograph. Please refer to RTÉ’s privacy policy here.

  • What images will be published online?

    We request 2 images per entry, 1 image of the artwork and 1 image of the artist holding their artwork for verification purposes. Only the image of the artwork will be published on the digital gallery.

  • When can I see my artwork on the online gallery?

    Submissions open on Friday 27th November 2020 and the digital gallery will go live on Thursday 10th December 2020.

    As your submissions come in, they will be moderated and added to the digital gallery.

    Be sure and check-in to see your work as the digital gallery will be updated daily.

  • When is the closing date?

    The closing date for submissions is 8pm on Sunday 31st January 2021. No entries received after this date and time will be considered.

  • When does the judging happen?

    The judging will happen after the closing date, during the week commencing 1st February 2021.

  • How does the judging process work?

    All of the entries will be viewed by RTÉ and the Creative Ireland Programme and a shortlist created.
    The judging panel will select the category winners and commendations from this shortlist.

  • What if I know, am related to or taught by one of the judges?

    In the interest of clarity and to protect against any conflict of interest, individual judges will abstain from judging work by entrants who are specifically known to them but will refer the work to the other members of the panel who will judge without prejudice.

  • When will I find out if my entry is one of the winners?

    You (if you are 18) or your parent/guardian will be contacted by telephone mid February 2021.
    The winning entries will also be announced on this website and on social media channels.

  • What are the prizes?

    There is a prize fund of over € 10,000 to be spent on art materials, courses, bursaries, art experiences, digital tools and software.
    Full prize schedule will be revealed in December.

  • I have a question about This Is Art! and I can’t find the answer here, who can I ask?

    If you (or an adult) have read through everything and are still unclear about something please send us an email here and we’ll try our best to get back to you quickly.

    thisisart@rte.ie