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Home Is Where the Art Is

25 May 2012

The University of Ulster has teamed up with the Northern Bank to launch a photographic competition to show that ‘Home is Where the Art is’.

Ten lucky winners will work with emerging talent from the School of Art and Design to create a specially commissioned piece of artwork – up to the value of £500 – to help turn their new house into a dream home.

First time buyers, with an approved Northern Bank mortgage, are eligible to enter by sending in a photograph showing a feature of their new house which tempted them to make the decision to buy.

Deborah Fraser, Associate Head of School of Art and Design said: “Having a bespoke piece of art can really make a house a home whilst also supporting the local creative industries.

“We’re delighted that Northern Bank chose to source original artwork from our artists and designers-in-residence and we are looking forward to meeting the winning customers and getting started.”

Rhonda Gibson, External Relations Manager at Northern Bank added: “We’re keen to support aspiring home owners to get their foot on the property ladder and, in fact, last year over 50 per cent of our new bank mortgage lending business went to first time buyers.

“But we know that a mortgage is more than just your largest financial commitment – it’s also about creating a home.

“Most first time buyers don’t have the luxury of extra cash to spend on specially commissioned art for their new home, so our partnership with the University of Ulster is not only supporting energetic artistic talent but is providing ten local homeowners with a very unique prize.”

The ‘Home is Where the Art is’ competition is open to all customers who apply directly to Northern Bank and whose mortgage application has been approved within the last six months.

Entries should be accompanied by a short caption of up to 50 words and sent to The closing date is Monday May 28 at 5pm.

The judging panel includes Deborah Fraser, a professional photographer, a Northern Bank Mortgage Consultant and a representative from the Northern Bank’s Communications’ Team.