Two Mayo students have won top prizes in this year’s 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.
They were Cian Cummins (15 ), from Ballinrobe Community School, for his work entitled ‘Vibrant Suspicion’, and Adam Munnelly (8 ) from Ardagh National School, Ballina, for his work entitled ‘Busy Workshop’. Both were winners of Special Merit Awards for artworks, that Final Adjudicator, Professor Gary Granville said "displayed high levels of skill and creativity." No stranger to the Competition, Adam also won a Special Merit Award in the same category last year.
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.
From May 31 to June 30, Belfast’s Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s Competition. Admission is free and the Academy is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm.