Celebrations in Dublin this afternoon by my friends and neighbours, the Treanor family from Drumdart, Tydavnet in County Monaghan. I was working away in The Northern Standard finishing the Carrickmacross pages when news came through of the great achievement by 18 year-old Frances Treanor, a former student at the St Louis Secondary School in Monaghan. She has won top prize of €1500 in the 61st Texaco Children’s Art Competition, which I remember from my own schooldays.
Her entry was a self-portrait drawn with a ballpoint pen. Congratulations also to Rachel McKenna also from St Louis Secondary School who won a special merit award in the 16-18 year-old category for her entry ‘The Script – Tired of Posing’ and wins €150 and an art box. Well done Sophia Goodman, Scoil Naoimh Éanna, Killanny, Carrickmacross, who came third in the age group 7-8 years old and to Kate Norton of the same age group and school who received a special merit award for ‘The Cute Kittens’.
It’s a double national success for Monaghan as Sarah Leddy from Inniskeen won first prize in the 11-13 category in the Irish League of Credit Unions art competition two months ago. Clearly there are some very talented artists in this county.
UTV Ireland carried the story as did The Irish Times, and this is their report:
A self-portrait drawn with a ballpoint pen has taken the top prize at this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition.
Frances Treanor (18), from Tydavnet, County Monaghan, a first-year fine art student at the National College of Art and Design(NCAD), won the first prize of €1,500 in category A (16 to 18-year-olds) for her drawing, Self Portrait.
Judging panel chairman Professor Declan McGonagle,director of the NCAD, called it a very powerful work drawn with the skill and delicacy of a master. He said it was a fantastically realised self-portrait, with a very intense stare. “It is a delicate use of the medium. Nearly every single strand of hair is represented,” Professor McGonagle said.
It is the third time Ms Treanor has entered the competition. She won second place in her age category in 2012, and last year her entry was selected for the Texaco Art Competition calendar.
The 21 top prize winners across seven categories were announced at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. Another 105 artists won special merit awards. The winners, ranging in age from five to 18, were chosen from 30,000 entries.
The competition, now in its 61st year, is the longest sustained sponsorship of art in Ireland.
“Each of you have achieved a very high standard, and you should be very proud of yourselves. I’d like to recognise the support that you received from your families, from your teachers and from the wider school community. And I’d like to acknowledge their commitment and encouragement that has helped to keep our competition so vibrant since 1955,” said Valero Ireland director James Twohig. The company markets fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand.
This year, for the first time, one of the winning entries was made using digital technology. Oliwia Widuto (16), a student at Loretor College in Coleraine, County Derry, won the top category’s second prize of €1,000 for her work Gramps on Morphine.
“It doesn’t look like a digital work. It looks like a traditional work, but it’s done entirely through digital technology. It is a different kind of skill altogether, which is amazing as well,” Professor McGonagle said. The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin next month.
The 21 top prize-winning pieces will remain on display upstairs in the Hugh Lane Gallery until Sunday May 31st. In August, all 126 pieces will be on display in the Cork Vision Centre and in the Highlanes Art Gallery in Drogheda.
Results: Overall winner: Frances Treanor, St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan
Age 16-18 : 1st, Frances Treanor; 2nd, Oliwia Widuto, Loreto College Coleraine; 3rd, Janné Strydom, Gorey Community School
Age 14-15: 1st, Vitaly Dergachev, Wesley College, Ballinteer; 2nd, Lucy Deegan, Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, Carlow; 3rd, Cliona Fitzpatrick, Malahide Community School
Age 12-13: 1st, Nicole Forster, Wilson’s Hospital Secondary School, Multyfarnham; 2nd, Sadhbh Simpson, Loreto Dalkey Primary School; 3rd, Ethan Cheung, Bangor Grammar School
Age 9-11: 1st, Stephen Walsh, Ratoath Senior National School; 2nd, Orla Nolan, Newtown Dunleckney National School, Bagenalstown; 3rd, Charvi Goyal, Loreto Primary School, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Age 7-8 years: 1st, Laoise McDonald, The Paint Box, Barna, Co Galway; 2nd, Pippa McIntosh, Kinsale Art Academy; 3rd, Sophia Goodman, Scoil Naoimh Éanna, Carrickmacross
6 years and younger: 1st, Ciara Ward, St Malachy’s Primary School, Castlewellan; 2nd, Sean O’Reilly, St Anthony’s Boys National School, Ballinlough, Co Cork; 3rd, Poppy Love, Hansfield Educate Together National School, Huntsfield, Dublin
Children with special needs: 1st, Conor Marley, St Gerard’s School and Support Services, Belfast; 2nd, Róisín Murray, St Michael’s School Holy Angels, Chapelizod; 3rd, Michael Ahern, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Ballincollig, Co Cork