Six Mayo students have won top prizes in this year’s 70th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

In the 12-13 year age category, Charlotte Greham (age 12), from Breaffy National School, Ballina, won first prize for her work entitled ‘Inspiration’. Charlotte’s artwork is described by Final Adjudicator, Gary Granville, Professor Emeritus of Education at the National College of Art and Design as “a finely executed representation of the artist at work.”

 In addition, five Mayo winners each won Special Merit Awards for artworks that Professor Granville said ‘demonstrated high levels of skill and imagination’.

 They were Aoife Corrigan (12), from Castlebar Primary School; Annamária Pécsi (13), from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Westport; Aidan Kilbayne (8), from Castlebar Art Club; Martin Greavy (6), from Bonniconlon National School, Ballina and Liam Monaghan (5), from Scoil Bhreandáin, Ballina.

 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 Mayo and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.



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