This year we are hosting a Christmas Art Competition to celebrate and nurture the wonderful artistic talents of our members right across the country. We are also excited to give budding artists an opportunity for their winning entry to be used to create new Down Syndrome Ireland Christmas eCards.

We are encouraging all our members, young and old, to get creative and to draw a picture depicting ‘What Christmas Means To Me’.

This theme has a wide interpretation so it could be anything from a drawing of a Christmas tree and cosy fireplace; a traditional nativity scene; or family gathering to open presents or enjoy Christmas dinner – it’s up to you! It is a chance for all our members to show off their creative talent and build their confidence.

One winner from each age category will see their entry animated to create an electronic greeting card (eCard) and these eCards will be sold through our website. All funds raised from the sales of these eCards will be used to directly benefit our members of all ages in branches right across the country.

Even if you have no previous experience with art, we encourage you to enter as our judges are looking for creativity so use this opportunity to try something new!


Judging Panel:

We’re very excited to welcome well-known Irish artist and television personality, Don Conroy, to our panel of judges.

Joining Don will be Joshua Fogarty, Digital Marketing Manager with Art & Hobby who are generously sponsoring our competition prizes. Our third judge will be Deirdre Saul, DSI Interim CEO.


Categories & Prizes:

The competition is open exclusively to DSI members and age for entry must be as of the closing date 19th October 2020:

  • Category A: 6 years and under
  • Category B: 7-12 years
  • Category C: 13-18 years
  • Category D: 18+ years


One Winning entry and one Runner-Up entry will be chosen from each of the four age categories.

First Prize: Artwork created into one of this year’s DSI Christmas eCard, PLUS €50.00 Art & Hobby voucher

Runner-Up: €30.00 Art & Hobby voucher


How to enter:

  • Entries must be submitted on A4 paper in portrait and use standard art materials such as pencil/colouring pencils, markers, crayon, charcoal or paint
  • You may use any type of plain paper; white, coloured, rough or smooth
  • Entries must include the entrant’s name, address, age and date of birth. This must be clearly printed on the back of the entry. Entrants parent/guardian name, contact telephone number and branch to which the family are members must also be included
  • Entries must be sent to Down Syndrome Ireland, Unit 3 Park Way House, Western Parkway Business Park, Ballymount Drive, Dublin 12

Closing date for entries is Monday 19th October 2020


Terms and Conditions:

Please read the following terms and conditions of the competition:

  • The competition is open to all members of Down Syndrome Ireland
  • Entries will be accepted to the age category relevant to the member’s age as of the closing date Monday 19th October 2020
  • The closing date is final. Entries received after this date will not be submitted to the judges
  • Artwork must the member’s own work, completed unaided, and must not be digitally modified
  • The artwork must be inspired by our theme ‘What Christmas Means To Me’
  • The entry can be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen, ink, felt-tip markers, crayon, pastel, watercolours, acrylics, oils or poster paint
  • Entries should not be bigger than A4 (21.0cm x 29.7cm) and must be drawn in portrait (please see reference image in ‘How to enter’ section above)
  • Entrants will not automatically receive confirmation of their entry, however, if you wish to receive confirmation of your entry, you must include a note requesting same along with the entry, providing a current email address
  • Once artwork is received by Down Syndrome Ireland, it will become the property of DSI and may be reproduced at our discretion. All entries are accepted as original works and DSI are not responsible for any breach of copyright
  • Entrants may enter the competition only once
  • Artwork cannot be returned to entrants, therefore, we recommend that entrants take a copy of photograph of their artwork before submitting to the competition
  • Parents/guardians of the winning entries will be asked to send photos of the winning member with their prize for use in internal Down Syndrome Ireland communications and on DSI social media platforms
  • We reserve the right not to award prizes. Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • No alternative prizes can be offered



Should you have any questions, please email

Good luck everyone!

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Christmas Art Competition

2 October @ 8:00 am - 19 October @ 5:00 pm


2 October @ 8:00 am
19 October @ 5:00 pm
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