Heritage cards are simply ACE
A TEAM of judges has chosen the winning designs which will appear on the 2013 ACE cards.
The ACE scheme gives free access to all Manx National Heritage (MNH) attractions for all Isle of Man schoolchildren up to 18 years of age in full time education.
The designs chosen by representatives from Conister Bank, MNH, the Department of Education and Children (DEC) and two professional animators will feature on the front of the ACE cards, which are issued via the schools by the DEC
And the judging coincides neatly with the completion of an animation project commissioned by MNH to inspire students to engage with their heritage and encourage the use of their ACE cards.
This year, Conister sponsored eight competition prize categories where the top prizes were worth £100 of art supplies for the winning primary and secondary schools.
Winning individuals will also receive a cash prize from Conister plus goodies from the Manx Heritage Shop.
Winner of the secondary school category was Megan Rossiter, age 14, from Ballakermeen High School in Douglas, with an eye-catching graphic drawing featuring the TT and Fairy Bridge.
Meanwhile, the under 12s category was awarded to Aaron Fitzmaurice, age 10, from Kewaigue School, with a colourful drawing of the Laxey Wheel
The winners and runners up will be invited to a prize presentation on October 1 where they will get a special opportunity to learn about the development of MNH’s new animation to advertise the ACE scheme.
After completing the difficult task of judging more than 400 entries, Tim Crookall MHK, Minister for Education and Children, said: ‘It was a pleasure to be invited to judge this competition, which has become an important part of our calendar.
‘Entries were, as always, of a very high standard and young people had all different kinds of imaginative interpretations of their island.’
Commenting on the animation project, MNH director Edmund Southworth said: ‘Earlier this year, MNH set a project to a team of professional animators to come up with a short animation that encompassed Manx history and would engage children and teens alike.
‘Animators Juan Moore, Steve Garry, Chloe Dawe with artist Carol Butler and guitarist Steve Breslin worked on the animation which involved over three months of work, 3,000 drawings and a uniquely composed soundtrack.
‘We were extremely impressed by the work undertaken on the animation team who had a wealth of experience under their belt including work on Oscar-nominated animation Chico and Rita.’
He added: ‘Featuring some comical characters and history we are all familiar with, MNH hopes the new animation will be a big hit with audiences. The animation entitled “Evolution of Mann” aims to tell Manx history in under three minutes with a humorous and fun twist, is available to view at manxnationalheritage.im/plan-your-visit/families/ace-card/ or scan the QR code!
‘It will also be coming to a cinema screen near you!’
The 2013 editions of the cards featuring the new winning designs will be distributed to 12,500 Manx school children and students before December.
Students can continue to use their current ACE cards until end of December.
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