Young artists ex­press them­selves in con­test

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

BUD­DING YOUNG artists en­joyed an evening awards cer­e­mony at Wex­ford Credit Union for this year’s art com­pe­ti­tion, an event which was at­tended by over 100 peo­ple.

Chil­dren rang­ing in age from un­der seven up to 18 took part in the lo­cal event which is part of a larger na­tional com­pe­ti­tion that at­tracts over 30,000 en­tries from the 250 credit unions around the coun­try. 2018 marks the 35th year of the event.

The theme for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion was ‘Forces of Na­ture’, a theme which left plenty of room for in­ter­pre­ta­tion by the over 500 lo­cal en­tries who took part.

Mar­ket­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Jos O’Con­nor said: ‘The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion is part of the Ir­ish League of Credit Unions com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing the artis­tic de­vel­op­ment of both young and old in com­mu­ni­ties through­out Ire­land.’

He added that pro­duc­ing and cre­at­ing art could have many ben­e­fits for adults and kids, from re­duc­ing stress and aid­ing the de­vel­op­ment of cre­ative prob­lem-solv­ing skills, to nur­tur­ing fine mo­tor skills and neu­ral de­vel­op­ment, as well as al­low­ing the ex­pres­sion of emo­tion.

Mr O’Con­nor ex­pressed his thanks to all of the schools and par­ents for their en­cour­age­ment and in­ter­est.

Win­ners of the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion go on to the Chap­ter com­pe­ti­tion and, from there, to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. Win­ners at na­tional level will re­ceive cash prizes at an awards cer­e­mony in Croke Park in Fe­bru­ary 2019 and see their art­work printed in the Credit Union cal­en­dar for 2020.

The list of win­ners are as fol­lows:

Seven years and un­der: Caoimhe Mur­phy, Hanna Han­ton, Char­lotte Stafford.

8 to 10 years: Ma­rina Lowney-Lor­ing, JJ Walsh, Sophia Mur­phy.

11 to 13 years: Ava Meade, Sophia Zipoli, Luke Renwick.

14 to 17 years: Isa­iah O Con­nor, Fred­die Ro­nan, Weronika Gutkowska.

Spe­cial Cat­e­gory Seven Years and Un­der: Fer­gal Or­monde, Chloe Har­mon Brown, Stephen Fur­long.

Spe­cial Cat­e­gory 8 to 10 years: Amy For­tune, Bobby Joe O’Toole, Liam Ka­vanagh.

Spe­cial Cat­e­gory 11 to 13 years: Deb­bie Pitcher, Lee Fitz­patrick, Mia Sut­ton.

Spe­cial Cat­e­gory 14 to 17 years: Daniel O Leary, Bradley Har­ti­gan, Louis Mur­phy.

Spe­cial Cat­e­gory 18 years and over: Dean Cough­lan, Or­rin Mur­phy.

All the win­ners at the pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes in Wex­ford Credit Union.

Amy For­tune with Ce­line, PJ and John For­tune.

Weronika Gutkowska with her fam­ily.

Bobby Joe O’Toole with his par­ents Angela and Terry.

Ave Meade with her teacher Anita Con­way.

Sharon Mo­ran and her daugh­ter Caoimhe Mur­phy.

Bradley Har­ti­gan and Mar­garet Pen­der.

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