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Masterpiece for the MAC 2019 will be open and accepting entries from 1 September.


Masterpiece for the MAC is a province-wide art competition for children that receives hundreds of entries every year. Young artists from all over the province send in their Masterpieces to be judged by a panel of experts.

Our Masterpiece for the MAC annual competition will be on the lookout for 12 Masterpieces that will be displayed in the MAC, Belfast’s newest arts venue, as part of a winners’ exhibition in January 2020.

The aim of this competition is to encourage primary school children to interact and be inspired by visual art. It is also an innovative way for the MAC to keep in touch with teachers and pupils across Northern Ireland.

The last Masterpiece for the MAC saw over 600 primary school children from all across Northern Ireland take up the artistic challenge to create their very own Masterpiece.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said: “The MAC is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art and encouraging young talent is a vital part of our work and we are delighted with the response which saw a great number of entries from all over Northern Ireland.”

For more information on how to enter your students Masterpiece check out our teacher resource packs which will be available in August. 

Who is it for?

The aim of this competition is to encourage primary school children throughout Northern Ireland to interact with and be inspired by visual art.

Any primary school in Northern Ireland was eligible to enter the competition. There are four different competition categories:

  1. Foundation - Primary 1 & 2
  2. Key stage 1 - Primary 3 & 4
  3. Key stage 2 - Primary 5,6 & 7
  4. Special Education

How it works

We are inviting young artists from primary schools across Northern Ireland to pick up their pencils and paint brushes and send us their amazing artworks as we search for twelve winning Masterpieces for the MAC. There are beautiful prizes to be won and the twelve winning masterpieces will be on display in an exhibition in the MAC in January 2020.

For more information check out our resource packs coming soon.


Masterpiece for the MAC is one of the MAC’s outreach projects.

The event is organised by the MAC. There is no fee for taking part but schools are required to cover the cost of their art materials. 

How to Book

Register your class now for Masterpiece for the MAC 2019-20

If you would like to register your class for Masterpiece for the MAC 2019-20, please email sarah@themaclive.

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