Feargal Quinn, A Meadow, 2nd Prize Winner
The Texaco Children’s Art Competition, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004, is the longest running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland. Now in its 58th year, it began life in 1955 and since then it has enjoyed an unbroken history of success. This year, it attracted more than 26,000 entries with students from all of the 32 counties taking part.
Past winners whose early interest in art and the arts may well have been encouraged by their participation in the Competition include Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD (a four times winner)- artists Bernadette Madden, Marie Connole, Dorothy Cross, Graham Knuttel and Robert Ballagh, fashion designer Paul Costello, novelist Clare Boylan, actress Jean Anne Crowley and musician Ethna Tinney.
Highlanes Gallery is proud of its 6 year association with Texaco and this year’s exhibition features 160, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners and Special Merit winners, aged from 6-18years, including works by up to nine children from Louth. The North East of the Island was very well represented at the opening of the exhibition in Highlanes Gallery where there were up to 20 winners from Drogheda, Dundalk, Ratoath, Kildare, Carrickmacross, and Skerries in attendance.
The exhibition was officially opened on 18 September by artist and former winner Marie Connole. She commented on the impact that entering the competition had on her decision to be an artist. She was joined by Annemarie Barnes, from Texaco who has been heading up the competition and exhibition for many years.
Amongst the winners in attendance were Jessica McCartney (age 13) from St. Bridget’s School, Dundalk for her work, 4 Happy Birds Sitting on a Tree 2nd Prize (Cat G); Feargal Quinn (age 8) from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Termonfeckin for his felt piece titled A Meadow 2nd Prize (Cat E); and Eimear McMahon (age 13) from Our Lady’s College in Drogheda winning 1st Prize (Cat C) for her collage titled My Best Friend.
Special Merit Winners in attendance included Michaela Begley (age 15) Dundalk In Memory of My Granda Joe (Cat B); Katya Lawlor (age 11) Drogheda Jepic (Cat D); from Carrickmacross Conall Marry (age 6) Foxy 10-60-10 (Cat F); Leah Fitzgerald (age 6) The Tree of Flowers (Cat F); Holly Francis (age 7) The Bird on the Branch (Cat E); and Cian Burns (age 7) Cian (Cat E). There were a big group of Special Merit winners from Ratoath including Kevin Ryan (age 12) My first Self Portrait (Cat C); Toby Clarke Carr (age 10) Mighty Mouse (Cat D); Fergal Kilgannon (age 10) Two can look for the