Budding young artists follow in famous footsteps
Budding young artists shared a prize pool of €25,000 at Ireland's longest-running art competition yesterday.
Aspiring artists as young as five were among 21 winners in the Texaco Children's Art Competition Awards held at Dublin's Citywest Hotel.
Now in its 58th year, previous winners include renowned painters Graham Knuttel, Robert Ballagh and fashion designer Paul Costello.
The judging panel included Declan McGonagle, director of the National College of Art & Design; artist Eoin Butler; and Sean Kissane, curator of exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
This year's overall winner, Aleksandar Fudali (18), from Bandon, Co Cork, picked up a €2,000 cheque for her self-portrait in pencil titled 'My Future is Yet to be Written'.
The student was also invited to attend an art exhibition in Toyko where her work will be exhibited.
Other winners included Shania McDonagh (14), from Claremorris, Co Mayo, who won the first prize in her age category for the third year running for her artwork 'Jack'.
Winners in the under-six category were Noah Bates (5) from Kilmore, Co Wexford who won €150 for his creation 'Coal Tit', while Ruth Woods (5), from the Loreto College Junior School, Dublin, walked away with €125 for 'The Owl'.
In all, 161 finalists from north and south attended the ceremony. A total of 28,000 students took part.
Arts Minster Jimmy Deenihan said the competition had "touched the lives of most families in Ireland at one time or another."