Tuesday 17 September 2019

Cara's final fling

Margaret Roddy

The talented young Ravensdale artist Cara Pilbeam has been shortlisted for the inaugural Zurich Young Portrait Prize.

Cara's accomplished self-portrait entitled 'Eire: Study of a Young Woman', will be exhibited in the National Gallery along with entries by 19 other young artists, with the winners announced in October.

This new competition, initiated following the outstanding success of the Zurich Portrait Prize, for artists aged 19 and over, aims at fostering and supporting creativity, originality and self-expression in children and young people.

Seventeen year old Cara has already enjoyed success in national art competitions.

Last year, the St Vincent's student was the winner in the secondary school category of a nationwide art competition organised by Trinity College Dublin which invited artists and writers to get creative and be inspired by one of Ireland's greatest cultural treasures, the Book of Kells. She beat fellow students from 42 other schools with her self-portrait in the style of the famous book.

She was also won a prize in the 2018 Texaco Children's Art Competition for her portrait of her young brother, which was exhibited nationwide.

Three years ago, she was a winner in the All Ireland Credit Union competition, which had attracted 30,000 entries from around the country.

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