Portrait By A Nation is back for all the young artists of Oman. Celebrate the Sultanate’s 46th National Day with Y for a chance to share in RO2,250 of cash prizes.
Y Magazine’s popular art extravaganza is back for its third year, bigger and better than ever before!
As we celebrate the Sultanate’s 46th National Day under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, it’s an incredible opportunity for children aged between five and 17 years to demonstrate their gratitude for His Majesty by showcasing their artistic skills.
This year’s instalment is set to be a much bigger competition, taking place in cities across the country, including Sur, Nizwa, Sohar and Salalah, as well as the capital. Children from all regions in Oman will be given the opportunity to display their creativity as they colour, paint or decorate a printed canvas of His Majesty in any way they wish as they compete for huge cash prizes.
Presented by Al Mouj Muscat, powered by Shell Oman Marketing, and with associate sponsors A’Soud Global School, Atana Khasab, Atana Musandam, and IDdesign, the event will be held on November 4 and 5 in the interior regions and on November 11 and 12 at The Walk Al Mouj Muscat.
“We are thrilled to be holding our third edition of Portrait By A Nation,” says Y managing editor Felicity Glover.
“It is a beautiful tribute to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and a wonderful opportunity for children across the country to celebrate our 46th National Day.”
This year’s event will again be open to three age categories, each with prizes for first place, runner-up and second runner-up, giving children more chances to win. The age categories will be five to nine years old, 10 to 13 and 14 to 17. At the end of the painting events, 46 finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes representatives from our sponsors and Felicity. The finalists will then be invited to a special ceremony on November 18 to reveal the winners. The final 46 portraits will be collated and spread onto a larger canvas that will act as a collage of the many faces of His Majesty, as seen through the eyes of the nation’s children. This larger piece of art will then be on display for the duration of the country’s National Day celebrations.
“As we celebrate our National Day, the Portrait By A Nation initiative allows youth in the Sultanate to use their talents and express their love for the country in an artistic way,” says Mohammed Ali al Farsi, the GM of External Affairs and Business Development at Shell Oman, a sponsor of the competition.
“Arts education can help with child development efforts in the Sultanate and at the same time contribute to community relations by establishing creative ways of communication among youth, and as a result, strengthening the foundations of social bonding and unity.”
Al Mouj Muscat will play host to the event in the capital, while in Salalah, the competition will be held at the Crowne Plaza Salalah.
Apart from the cash prizes, participants in the five to nine year age group also stand a chance of winning a one-year art scholarship thanks to our associate sponsor A’Soud Global School (AGS). The Sultan Qaboos Art Scholarship, which is provided by Al Najah Education, offers the winner a 50 per cent reduction in school fees at AGS – a saving of at least RO2,000.
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Simply pick up a registration form from the following locations:
• Register online at www.y-oman.com
• Simply complete the form and post it in the drop box on site. You will also find a registration form on Y’s website. We will need various details, such as your name, age and contact number, to verify your registration and add you to the event.
• Parents may complete the registration form – but remember: the children must complete the actual portrait.
• Entries close on October 30 for participants in Sur, Sohar, Nizwa and Salalah.
• Entry is restricted to children aged between five and 17 years old.
• There are three categories to enter: one for five to nine year olds, another for 10-13 year olds and a third category is open to teenagers aged from 14-17.
• Only one entry per child.
• Paints and other materials needed for the painting/decorating of the pre-printed canvas must be brought by the child to the event.
• Y Magazine will supply the pre-printed canvases depicting His Majesty’s portrait used by the entrants.
• Children selected to go forward for the painting event will be notified and must be free to attend on November 4-5 for all regional cities and November 11-12 for Muscat.
• The judges’ decision is final.