Sydney Catholic Schools Lockdown Arts Festival

Sydney Catholic Schools’ students, families and staff are invited to submit their creative works to be showcased in our Lockdown Arts Festival.

In this time of lockdowns and uncertainty, we want to celebrate the joy, creativity and optimism of our SCS community.

The theme of the Festival is Looking outwards from a life in lockdown and is open to all students, their families and our staff.

We have five categories to showcase the incredible creative talent we have in our community – the visual arts, literature, drama, dance and music.

There will be great prizes up for grabs, including the chance to have your talent shared with the entire SCS community and beyond.

Further information on each entry category and submission requirements is provided below.

Entries close at 2pm on Friday 15 October 2021 and winners announced on Friday 29 October 2021.

Entries now closed

Individuals, groups, classes or families from the Sydney Catholic Schools community are invited to enter in the following categories:

  • Individual students

    • Early Primary (K-2)

    • Middle Primary (3-4)

    • Upper Primary (5-6)

    • Lower Secondary (7-9)

    • Upper Secondary (10-12)

  • Class groups

    • Primary

    • Secondary

  • Other

    • Staff member or group

    • Family submission

Show us how you express yourself in an original artwork – a painting/drawing, photograph, or sculptural piece.

  • All submissions must be original (i.e. not reproductions)
  • Upload format: Take a photo of your artwork and upload as a .JPG or .PNG or for a photography collage upload as a .PDF
  • File size: Under 5MB

Channel your muse and compose a poem or short story. Craft your literary masterpiece in poetry or prose.

  • Submissions should be no more than 1,000 words
  • Upload format: .PDF

Show your dramatic flair in a monologue or duologue originally composed, or perform a scene from a play/movie/show as an individual or group.

  • Submissions should be no more than 2 minutes long
  • Upload format: .MP4 or .Mov file you can find some hints for video recording at home here
  • Upload your video up to 100MB or share a link to a Google Drive file (please make sure viewing permission is granted for Sydney Catholic Schools staff to view – more information here)

Get your groove going, your toes tapping and your hips swinging and submit a classical or contemporary dance piece, performed by yourself or as a group.

  • Submissions should be no more than 3 minutes long
  • Upload format: .MP4 or .Mov file – you can find some hints for video recording at home here
  • Upload your video up to 100MB or share a link to a Google Drive file (please make sure viewing permission is granted for Sydney Catholic Schools staff to view – more information here)

So we can share your entry widely, consider replacing any music sound recording on the video with royalty-free music from Bensound or YouTube’s own Audio Library where you can find and download thousands of songs.

Pick up your preferred instrument and either compose an original piece, or jam a cover or adaptation of your favourite song.

  • Submissions may be individual or in a group
  • Submissions should be no more than 3 minutes long
  • Upload format: .MP4, .Mov or .MP3 file – you can find some hints for video recording at home here.
  • Upload your video up to 100MB or share a link to a Google Drive file (please make sure viewing permission is granted for Sydney Catholic Schools staff to view – more information here)

So we can share your entry widely, consider replacing any music sound recording on the video with royalty-free music from Bensound or YouTube’s own Audio Library where you can find and download thousands of songs.

  1. Each submission must identify an affiliated Sydney Catholic School

  2. Entries must provide a contact name and email for the submission

  3. To be valid an entry must adhere to the time limit and format for submission

  4. Submission can only be submitted once (i.e. cannot be entered into multiple categories)

  5. Entrants may enter (with different works) across various categories

  6. Any submission which is not submitted by the due date (Friday 15 October) will not be accepted

  7. Entrants will be asked to attest to the originality of the work submitted, or attribute the original author (in the case of a stage play or sound recording)

  8. Entries which are contrary to the values of the organisation (Sydney Catholic Schools) will be disqualified

  9. All judges’ decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into

  10. In submitting an entry, the entrant agrees to Sydney Catholic Schools (and its schools) using images and recordings of the work/s on their social media and online platforms

Please contact us at lockdownartsfestival@syd.catholic.edu.au for any further questions.