Translink and NI Anti-Bullying Forum celebrate young creative art skills

Young arts skills were in the frame this week as Translink and the NI Anti Bullying Forum (NIABF) announced the winners of the 2022 Anti-Bullying Week Creative Art Competition at a showcase event hosted at Lanyon Place Station, Belfast.

The event saw pupils representing schools across Northern Ireland, from P2 to Year 10 celebrated for their creative arts abilities with entries which featured visual, written and multi-media arts formats. The popular annual art competition is a key feature of NIABF’s Anti Bullying Week, supported by Translink, which aims to create awareness of bullying, and the devastating impact it can have on children and address how to stop it. The theme of this year’s event ‘Reach Out’ was developed to encourage schools to reach out to their pupils and allow them to participate in how Anti Bullying Week is marked, while children were prompted to reach out to teachers and senior members of staff to help shape their anti-bullying policies.

Translink is a long-standing supporter of Anti-Bullying Week and played host to the winners of the art competition at the awards event which saw a range of the art entries on display for passengers to enjoy. Winners of each category were:

  • Preschool to Primary 3 Category Ruby Shuttleworth, Finaghy Primary School, Belfast
  • Primary 4 to Primary 7 Category (Joint winners) Shanarah Miah and Gráinne, St Clare’s Abbey Primary School, Newry Brennan
  • Year 8 to Year 10 Category Cara Mc Girr, St Fanchea’s College, Enniskillen
  • Year 11 and Up Category, Rihanna Coulter, Strabane Academy
  • Special Merit Category Sean Breen, Lough Road Learning Centre, Lurgan

Commenting on the event and the importance of the Anti-Bullying, campaign, John Thompson, Head of Safety and Corporate Responsibility, said: “Anti-Bullying Week is a really positive campaign, which helps guide teachers and engage young people. The art competition is a fantastic way to promote the message of respect, safety and inclusivity and the creative skills demonstrated by pupils from across Northern Ireland has been so impressive.

“At Translink we are committed to keeping communities and young people better connected. Whether it’s through travelling to school, work or visiting friends and family, we know the importance of safe and accessible public transport and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate today’s creative art competition winners who have helped promote that message too.”

Speaking about Anti-Bullying Week 2022, Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum Chair, Kathleen Toner, said: “We have had another successful Anti-Bullying Week campaign again this year, with thousands of children across Northern Ireland joining us to spread awareness of bullying through this year’ theme ‘Reach Out’.”

“We have been delighted with the standard of entries to the annual Anti-bullying Week Art Competition. Art is a fantastic medium through which young people can comfortably convey how they feel and it acts as an excellent method for expression.”

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF), an interagency group hosted by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and funded by the Department of Education. Schools and all children and young people’s settings are encouraged to reach out to the NIABF’s website for more information on tackling bullying www.endbullying.org.uk/anti-bullying-week