For 2023, Cork City Council exhibits Anti-Racism Artworks by Cork Migrant Centre


The theme of the Cork Migrant Centre Anti-Racism 2023 Art Competition for ages 5-18 years is ‘An Anti-Racist Cork’.

All artworks received are featured in this slideshow.

The awarded artworks are exhibited for public enjoyment between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday 25th May until 18th June 2023 in The Atrium at Cork City Council’s Civic Offices on Anglesea St to coincide with a youth-led Anti-Racism Summit, the first of its kind in Ireland.  The exhibition will continue until Cruinniú na nÓg on 10th June 2023, sharing a message of inclusion and diversity on this national day of creativity for and by children and young people.

Cork City Council Announce ‘Creative Faces’, a special challenge for all Cork City’s young creatives as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2022!


Pictured: Models Clíodhna O'Malley and Krizel Herena painted by Jay Deady Matthews and Siobhán Clancy. Photo by Darragh Kane 2022.

The Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 Creative Faces Competition!

Sequins    Starsigns    Roller-Disco

Winners 11+ Creative Look*
First Place: 'Sequins' by Cathal
Second Place: 'Starsigns' by Leyla
Third Place: 'Roller Disco' by Ava

Untitled    Meow-Meow

Winners U10s Creative Look*
First Place: Untitled by Kelly
Second Place: 'Meow Meow The Spotty Cat' by Kate (kindly modelled by Kate's Dad Barry)


Winner 11+ Inspired Look*
'1920s' by Cathal

Download Creative Faces Competition Entry Forms here

The deadline has now passed to download and complete your entry form below, then ask your parent or guardian to submit it to

Don't forget to include a good quality photo of your creation.

You also need to include a photo of your parent's or guardian's signature so we know we have permission to display your creation online and contact you about the results of the competition.

  • Download Creative Faces Competition Entry Form Part A and Part B .dochere
  • Download Creative Faces Competition Entry Form Part A and Part B .pdfhere

Download Model Consent Forms here

This form only needs to be submitted by your parent or guardian to if your model is under 18 AND a different personto the artist.

You need to include a photo of your model's parent's or guardian's signature so we know we have permission to display their face with your creation online.

  • Download Creative Faces Competition Entry Form Part C .dochere
  • Download Creative Faces Competition Entry Form Part C .pdfhere

 Closing date for all entries is midnight Sunday 12th June 2022.

The Competition


Pictured: Model Ayushi Mahajan painted by Jay Deady Matthews. Photo by Darragh Kane 2022.

Organised by Cork City Council in conjunction with Creative Ireland, Cruinniú na Óg will take place in Cork city on Saturday June 11th. The national day of creativity will feature over 40 free interactive and imaginative events for children and young people hosted by 39 Cork creative organisations.

In celebration of Cruinniú na nÓg, Cork City Council invites children and young people living in Cork city to transform faces; theirs, their parent’s or their friend’s, take a photo and send it into the Arts Office where they will be in with an opportunity to win a range of prizes. 

Visit for further details of all events taking place for Cruinniú na nÓg.

The Competition Categories and Themes

Creative Faces

Pictured: Model Megan Rose Thomas painted by Ellie Pattterson. Photo by Darragh Kane 2022.

We are calling on all Cork city’s young masters of disguise and make up artists, to bring their creative ideas to life using faces as a canvas. There are two themes for this challenge: ‘Creative Look’ and ‘Inspired Look’.  Entries from 10s And Under category and 11-18’s category are welcome in either theme.

The ‘Creative Look’ is an open theme that invites imaginative and experimental responses. It is an opportunity to go wild or follow where your creativity leads you!

While the ‘Inspired Look’ is especially for entries on specific themes of importance to children or young people. Whether that is ‘World Peace’ or ‘Fun for All’, this is a chance for inspirational ideas from the upcoming generation.

So, whether you decide to let your imagination fly free or apply your skills to represent the issues on your mind, we encourage you to have fun! Don’t forget to take a photo of your creation and send it, along your entry form and signed consent of your parent or guardian, to Entry forms are available to download here (scroll to the top) or you can email to receive an email version of the form.

Closing date for all entries is midnight Sunday 12th June 2022.

 Special Thanks to Comhairle na nÓg Cork City for the creative and inspiring looks pictured here!

The Competition Judges

Jade Foley

Comhairle na nÓg Cork City 



Above: Clíodhna O'Malley painting Katie Galgey. Photo by Darragh Kane 2022.

Left: Jade Foley. Photo by Jade Foley 2022.

Entries to the ‘Creative Look’ theme will be judged by Glow Up Semi-Finalist and Make Up Artist Jade Foley from Knocknaheeny in Cork City. Jade is a Cork-based makeup artist that creates looks from natural & soft to full-blown body art. She takes inspiration from everyday objects such as magnets, patterns on clothes and even food. She is known on TikTok for her skills as well as her Irish humour, which she incorporates into her videos to bring an extra bit of entertainment.Entries to the ‘Inspired Look’ theme will be judged by young members of Cork City’s Comhairle na nÓg, one of 31 child and youth councils based in local authorities around Ireland, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

We are delighted to support an opportunity to show off what’s on your mind on your body! Creative Faces is a way for young people of all ages to display their artistic talents and what inspires them at the same time. It’s just one of the amazing creative activities taking place as part of Cruinniú na nÓg Cork City 2022.”

- Comhairle na nÓg Cork City

The Competition Prizes

Only under 18 year old entrants living in Cork city are eligible to participate in this competition. 

Entrants can submit multiple entries however only one prize will be awarded per entrant per category so you are encouraged to enter your best creation!

There are four prizes available to win: one per age category for both themes. 

The prizes will be awarded to the entrants. There are no additional prizes for models but entrants are welcome to share their prizes with their models.

Each prize will be a voucher. 

Entrants can choose between an 'arty' voucher prize' kindly sponsored by Vices and Scribes, Cork City or a 'make up/skincare' prize on their entry forms.

The vouchers will be posted to the winners. Parents/Guardians must provide a postal address on Part B of the entry form.

The Competition Winners

The names and ages of the competition winners will be announced here with their creations by 22nd June 2022 so watch this space!