07 Oct 2022

UPDATE: Young Laois artist shortlisted for Eir national public art award

Young Laois artist shortlisted for Eir national public art award

A talented Laois artist has been selected as a finalist to decorate public fibre broadband boxes across Dublin city.

open eir, Ireland’s largest wholesale network operator, has announced their shortlist for an art competition which called for young Irish artists to help brighten up Dublin, by submitting their creative interpretation of what staying connected meant to them. The winning artwork will decorate 100 fibre cabinets.

Five pieces of art from hundreds of entries have been selected to make up the shortlist, including an entry from Lily-Anne Craven, age 15, from Ballylinan.

Lily-Anne's entry is a clever creation of digital art, showing the human connections made possible by broadband.

The overall winner will be decided by a public vote, with entries now open.

UPDATE: As of Friday evening, you've been busy voting and Lily-Anne is now in first place at 34% of votes. You can only vote once so share this story to friends and ask them to log on and give this Laois artist your vote!  See link below story.

Although the winning entry will adorn fibre cabinets in Dublin, entries were received from talented young artists from right across the country. Fibre cabinets are street furniture, found in every town and village across Ireland, they are a necessary part of the infrastructure that keeps people connected, designed for function over form.

To help brighten up this infrastructure, and in turn the capital city, open eir asked aspiring young artists to create a piece of art demonstrating what staying connected means to them.

The overall winner will be selected by a public vote and that artist will have their winning artwork displayed on 100 fibre cabinets across the country’s capital for years to come, amongst other prizes.

Voting is now open online HERE.

The closing date for voting is June 21. The winner will also get a €200 art voucher with €50 vouchers for the four runners up.

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