Life Imitating Art Campaign

Take a photograph of someone imitating a famous art work and win a weekend in Derry~Londonderry in June

Oscar Wilde once famously said, 'Life imitates art far more than art imitates life'. Now a unique campaign being run by the UK City of Culture 2013 throughout March to celebrate Creativity Month is aiming to test that theory.

Inspired by the picture of a girl imitating a painting of the ballerina Anna Pavlova by Belfast-born painter Sir John Lavery, the Culture Company, in partnership with Voluntary Arts and Culture Northern Ireland, is offering creative thinkers from all over the UK and Ireland the chance to win a weekend break to Derry~Londonderry for the spectacular The Return of Colmcille pageant in June.

To get involved simply take a picture of yourself, a friend or family member, or even your pet imitating a piece of art, then upload your imitation onto the City of Culture Facebook page. The artwork can be anything from a public statue, a painting, museum object or even something you’ve created yourself.

Shona McCarthy, Culture Company 2013 Chief Executive, said: 'This is a great time of year to get creative and we at the Culture Company are very excited to see people's creativity shine through as part of the Life Imitating Art campaign. March is the month where City of Culture really gets going, with lots of exciting, inspiring events which tie in perfectly with Creativity Month.'

The public will vote for their favourite piece of life imitating art, with the winners receiving a weekend in Derry~Londonderry including travel (flights courtesy of Tourism Ireland), flying from: London, Glasgow, Liverpool or Manchester and two nights’ accommodation at the four-star City Hotel from June 8-10. They will also receive a £150 art hamper courtesy of Great Art.

Winners from the Republic of Ireland can avail of return train travel from Dublin courtesy of Irish Rail, and winners from Northern Ireland can travel from anywhere by bus or train courtesy of Translink. Two other lucky winners will be drawn at random to win a £50 art hamper from Great Art, meaning everyone who gets involved has a chance to win a prize.

There are also runner-up and third place prizes of art hampers from Great Art worth £100 and &75 respectively. The campaign will be run across the UK and Ireland during March with the winners being announced at the end of the month.

The Return of Colmcille, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of last summer’s Olympics Opening Ceremony, is a two-day spectacular celebrating Derry~Londonderry’s patron saint St Colmcille – which will include a re-imagining of his battle with the Loch Ness Monster staged on the River Foyle.