Galway students win top prizes in Texaco Children’s Art Competition

Two Galway students have won top prizes in this year’s 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

They were Diarmuid Donelon (11 ), from Tuam Educate Together NS, for his work entitled ‘Camouflage Birds’, and Judith Sohn (18 ), from Salerno Secondary School, Salthill, for her work entitled ‘My Familiar’.

Both were winners of Special Merit Awards for artworks that final adjudicator, Professor Gary Granville, said “displayed high levels of skill and creativity.”

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

Belfast’s Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is currently hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s competition, with the exhibition running until June 30. Admission is free and the academy is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am to 5pm.


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