Art Competition for National Drawing Day 2024

Photo of a child in a pink jumper holding a paintbrush loaded with pink paint

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National Drawing Day, an initiative of the National Gallery of Ireland, is an annual celebration of drawing and creativity. It is co-hosted by dozens of partner venues around the island of Ireland and, this year, Clare Museum is delighted to be taking part. National Drawing Day is for everyone. People of all ages and all abilities are encouraged to pick up their pencils on Saturday 18th May and get creative and we want YOU to join in.

Whether you are an aspiring artist, or just love to draw, we want you to share your creations with us.

Take part

Using the Frederic William Burton portraits from our collection as inspiration, we would like you to send us your own portrait. It can be your version of Burton’s drawings, a portrait of a friend or family member, or even a self-portrait. There are three categories of entry:

  • Under 12 years
  • 12-18 years
  • Over 18 years

We are offering 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Clare Arts Officer, Siobhán Mulcahy, Creative Communities Engagement Officer, Eva Birdthistle, along with our own Curator of Clare Museum, John Rattigan.

How to enter

To enter, you can email your entries to with “National Drawing Day”, and the category you are entering under, in the subject line and your name and contact details in the body of the email.

You can also post your entry to us at:

Clare Museum
Arthur’s Row
Co. Clare
V95 EC92

Or you can drop in your entry to our reception desk during opening hours.

Please do not put your name on the drawing as they will be judged anonymously.

Find more information and the competition rules here.

Closing date

Closing date for entries is 12pm on Wednesday 15th May 2024. Postal and hand-delivered entries must reach us on or before closing date/time.

Winners will be announced, and their winning entries shared, on our social media pages on National Drawing Day, Saturday 18th May 2024. We will also share a selection of highly commended entries throughout the day.

You can join the fun on National Drawing Day by following and using the hashtag #NationalDrawingDay on social media. More information is available from the National Gallery of Ireland at

Competition rules

One entry per person. Judges’ decision is final. No canvassing. Family members of Clare Museum staff, or of the judges, are not eligible to win. Entrants are responsible for any costs incurred by entering (e.g. postage, drawing materials, etc). By entering, you agree to give Clare Museum permission to publicise your entry and name on their social media pages and/or in local press.

Full terms and conditions available here, or on request from Clare Museum.