The annual Junior Painter contest, open to primary school children across Ireland, inspires hundreds of budding young artists to promote equality for people with disabilities in developing countries through art.
The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday April 17 at 1pm in the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, where winners and their families can view an exhibition of the artwork. This year’s theme, ‘Put Us In The Picture’, asked students to imagine a future where everyone is equal, no matter where they live. Three national masterpieces were chosen from 15 regional winners by a team of expert judges.
The overall national prize was won by Patricia Poprawa from Glenswilly National School in Donegal. Second place went to Ella Taylor from Scoil Mhuire na nGael in Bay Estate, Dundalk, while third prize was won by Tobiasz Rogolski from Scoil Mhuire Naoga in Carrigtwohill in Cork. A full list of winners can be found at the bottom of this page.
Each of the national winners’ schools received a cash prizes from The Book Centre and Barker & Jones bookshops, and students won memberships to workshops and creative toolboxes from ReCreate Ireland. The competition is funded by Irish Aid.