Monday 26 September 2016

Pint-sized Picassos brush up for painting prizes

Published 16/08/2016 | 02:30

Lisa Murray (10), from Ringsend, at the launch of Sightsavers annual Junior Painter Awards competition Photo: Gareth Chaney
Lisa Murray (10), from Ringsend, at the launch of Sightsavers annual Junior Painter Awards competition Photo: Gareth Chaney

It's time to pick up those palettes and easels.

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Laureate na nÓg and children's book illustrator PJ Lynch is calling on "pint-sized Picassos" around the country to enter the 2017 Sightsavers Junior Painters Awards.

The theme this year is 'Framing the Future' and thousands are expected to enter.

Judges are on the look out for "powerful expression, originality and colour".

The judging panel comprises Children's Laureate Lynch, Emmy-award winning costume designer Joan Bergin, and director of Arts and Disability Ireland Padraig Naughton.

Fifteen regional winners will be selected and will have the opportunity to see their work displayed at a special awards day in spring 2017 where three overall national winners will be announced.

The closing date for entry is Friday, November 25. Budding artists can visit www.sightsavers.ie/juniorpainter for more details.

Irish Independent

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