Anti-racist artwork floods in17 February 2004

A staggering 900 pieces of artwork have flooded in to an art competition from 68 Irish schools. The Show Racism the Red Card arts competition was part of FARE’s two-year work programme, co-funded by the European Commision and UEFA.

An CD-ROM was distributed to every school in the country along with posters, leaflets and information material. Show Racism the Red Card worked closely with teachers to provide the support and information needed for them to incorporate the competition into classes.

Students were asked to produce an art piece portraying racism or anti-racism in Ireland. Most of the pieces were paintings and drawings but youthful imagination was used to express intercultural themes composed of clay pieces, embroidery, model pieces and even a chess set.

“We are delighted with the feedback as it indicates thousands of young people were engaged in exploring the issue of racism in Ireland through the medium of sport and art. The fantastic response to the competition indicates the appetite and indeed the need to develop education resources in Ireland to respond to the issue of racism in our fast changing society.”
Garrett Mullan, Show Racism the Red Card, Ireland.

Two major teaching unions, the ASTI (Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland) and the TUI (Teachers Union of Ireland) teamed up with the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland to publicise the competition. The launch of the competition also attracted a high level of publicity in the Irish press, which added to it’s popularity within schools.