Two Donegal students have won top prizes at this year’s 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.
Kerri Doherty (13), a pupil at Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, won third prize in the 12-13 years age category for her artwork entitled ‘In Memory of Granny’. Kerri’s work is described by Final Adjudicator, Professor Gary Granville as “a loving close-up image”.
Second prize was won by Leanne McBrearty (14), a pupil at Finn Valley College, Stranorlar, in the Category G, which is reserved for entries from young artists of all ages with special needs, for her work entitled ‘Covid Punch’. Leanne’s artwork is said by Professor Granville to be a “good humoured drawing, giving us a window into the lives of young people in 2022.”
A previous winner, Leanne won a Special Merit Award in the same category of last year’s competition.
The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is popularly regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first competition held in 1955.
This year, as has been the case throughout its life, it has been a platform on which young artists from Donegal and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.
Belfast’s Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings from this year’s competition from the 31st of May to the 30th of June. Admission is free and the Academy is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm.Tags: