Judges in awe of young art talents
THE JUDGES of the Drogheda Minds Art Exhibition in the Barbican last week had an unenviable task picking a winner from the 1,500 posters they received as entries from various schools in the town.
'Inspiring and spectacular' were just some of the comments from the esteemed panel of judges, Aoife Ruane, Highlanes Gallery, Anne Keaveney, Drogheda Library, Siobhan Sweetman, Artist/The Art Office and Maurice Dillon, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, HSE.
In the end they awarded four prizes to (Senior Secondary/Youthreach) Anastasija Kurakina, Class 63 in St. Oliver's Community College, (Junior Secondary) Ryan Collier, Class 2 Moy in St. Oliver's Community College, (Senior Primary) Adam Flood, 6th Class in St. Paul's National School and (Junior Primary) Zoe Donnelly, 1st Class in Marymount Girls' National School.
'It was very exciting to see how both the children, young people and teachers so fully engaged with the theme – there was a very high standard both conceptually and visually in the work that was created,' said Aoife Ruane of the Highlanes Gallery.
The objective of the Drogheda Minds initiative was to put 'mindfulness' and positive mental health very much at the fore of how we all interact with other people and look after ourselves, whether that be classmates, friends, parents, colleagues, teachers and so on.
That message was very evident at the packed event last Wednesday evening as the colourful posters were put on display, hanging from over 130 ribbon towers.
'We promised every young person who participated in the design competition that their poster would be displayed and that's exactly what happened,' added Drogheda Local Education Committee chairperson Gretta Bohan.
'We hope this event will go a long way to raise awareness around mental health.'
Mayor Richie Culhane was on hand to congratulate each of the worthy winners, as well as pay tribute to all those who contributed, as well as the message that was spread in the fabulous artwork.
The members of the Steering Committee of Drogheda Minds are the Home School Community Liaison from Presentation NS, St. Joseph's CBS NS, St. Patrick's BNS, St. Brigid's GNS, St. John's JNS, St. Paul's SNS, Marymount GNS and St. Oliver's Community College, Holy Family Parish School Completion Programme, Boomerang Youth Cafe, Connect Family Resource Centre, Culture Connect, ISPCC Drogheda, Louth Leader Partnership, Drogheda Library, Drogheda Borough Council/RAPID Programme and Louth Meath Education & Training Board.