Void Gallery, North West Carnival Initiative and Derry City and Strabane District Council are delighted to announce the art competition: Awakening the Windows.

While we might not be able to get out on the streets, we can animate the city using our front windows to create unique and imaginative displays that celebrate Halloween in Derry, creating an art parade for people to enjoy.

Void, in collaboration with North West Carnival Initiative and Derry City and Strabane District Council, have programmed a series of art making workshops that will run every day from Monday 19th until Friday 23rd of October that will enable you to weave your own visual story of the Awakening in the comfort of your own home!

We are delighted that Bishop’s Gate Hotel have generously sponsored a prize for the winning window – an overnight stay in their hotel for two guests with dinner included! Nestled within the City Walls, Bishop’s Gate Hotel blends stunning Edwardian architecture, stylish appointments and luxurious facilities which have been sensitively restored to pay homage to the rich heritage of the building.

In order to be entered in the competition, all you need to do is upload an image of your window here. Deadline for submissions is 1st November and the winner will be announced on the 11th of November.

All videos will be released on the Derry Halloween website at 2pm daily throughout next week – the 19th – 23rd October – and stay tuned to Void’s social media for updates.


Awakening the Windows is presented in conjunction with Derry Halloween and the North West Carnival Initiative.

The competition is kindly sponsored by Bishop’s Gate Hotel Derry.

Blood Curdling Bunting


Monday 19th

Walter de Burgh joins his friends in this Halloween bunting activity. Simply made with paper and string, hang it in the window for all to see.



Beastly Bats


Tuesday 20th

Bertie is a fun loving bat who wants to be friends with you rather than scare you! Easy to make using old food tins and paper, add him to your window sill where he will sit and watch over everyone.


Paper cup/toilet roll tube
Black paint
Black card/paper

Spooky Spiders & Wicked Webs


Wednesday 21st

Spooky Spiders and their wicked webs


Dark wool
Black card
Googly eyes
Pipe cleaner

Spinechilling Suncatcher

Thursday 22nd

Add Frankie Frankenstein to your window and he will light up with excitement when the sun comes out


Tracing paper/ light coloured grease proof paper
Black card/black marker
Green tissue