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Young artists explore humanity’s challenges

Young artists from across the county were encouraged to take the 'Walk of Life' for the annual Wexford Credit Union Art Competition.

Now in its 36th year, the competition is open to entrants from aged seven and over, with the county winners progressing to the regional final and possibly the national event in Dublin.

This year, participants were asked to draw inspiration from the challenges facing the environment and our planet, and think about how society and communities change, grow and develop for the better.

Chair of the Marketing Committee, Joss O'Connor, explained the thinking behind this theme.

'Irish communities have made many positive changes in recent years to ensure the country is a more inclusive, diverse and liberal place to live. Participants were encouraged to draw inspiration from the positive changes they might have witnessed in their own communities, or in wider society.

'Alternatively, they could have depicted the positives they had gone through themselves as individuals, as they continue the journey through life,' said Joss.

And, following a lengthy judging process, the winning entrants were revealed.

In the 7 years and under competition, the first placed entrant and winner of the Loring Prize was Christina Lowney; she finished ahead of Grace Pender and Gearóid Moran.

Cathal Maher's artistic creation was voted the best in the 8-10 years category, with Isabelle Hennessy and Alma McDonald finishing in second and third places.

In the aged 11-13 years section, it was Helen Connors who took first place, closely followed by Marie-Elise Ghijsen and Orla Murphy. The 14-17 years category was won by Eve Doyle, with Fiona O'Mahony and Hugh Turner completing the top three.

Kyle McCormick was the winner of the 8-10 years Special Category, ahead of Aoife Ryan and Amy Fortune, while Kyle Pitcher took first prize in the 11-13 years Special Category.

The 14-17 years Special Category was won by Debbie Pitcher, with Darragh Moran and Louis Murphy completing the top three.

Finally, Eleanor McMahon took first in the 18 years and over Special Category. Claire Meagher was in second and Peter Kehoe in third.

Discussing the importance of the competition Joss said, 'Our art competition is an important outlet for creative expression and development here in Wexford, and events such as this contribute to a vibrant community. Really the only rules in the competition are set by the artist's own imagination.'

If these local artists are lucky enough to win at national level, their artwork will be printed in the Credit Union calendar for 2021.

Last year, there were two Wexford winners, Debbie Pitcher and Amy Fortune, and their work will feature in this year's calendar.

Wexford People