Nine year old Elizabeth McGlynn from Glenswilly National School, has been recognised as one of the best young artists in Ireland for her entry to the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards.
Elizabeth’s painting entitled ‘I Would Love To See A Dolphin Jumping In and Out of The Ocean at Sunset’ was inspired by this year’s competition theme, ‘I Would Love To See’ and was a winner in the 3rd/4th class category.
With thousands of entries from over 200 primary schools nationwide, Elizabeth is one of the 15 finalists that will have their painting displayed at the Awards Day next month where the overall national winners will be selected. She will receive a special regional prize in recognition of her amazing achievement.
The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards is designed to inspire Irish children to express their artistic talent through painting whilst developing an appreciation of the importance and value of their sight.
The competition, which was open to primary school students of all ages nationwide, has grown over the last five years and the 2013 competition has proven to be one of the most popular to date. Recognising the difficulties schools are finding themselves in due to cut backs, this year cash prizes have been donated for the schools of the overall winning students by The Irish Times along with a variety of top art prizes.
Through the competition, children learned about Sightsavers’ important work in preventing avoidable blindness and restoring sight for millions of people in the developing world. Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme, ‘I Would Love To See’, some of the most popular topics from entrants were:
· I would love to see the eye of the tiger;
· I would love to see beautiful flowers everywhere;
· I would love to see a two sided monster;
· I would love to see ice-cream land;
· I would love to see a beautiful spring evening;
· I would love to see a monkey’s café;
· I would love to see the moon;
· I would love to see an elephant looking at me.
Judge for the competition and founder of Cartoon Saloon Tomm Moore, said: “The task of judging this competition was no easy feat. The standard of art entered blew me away and the fact that it was the work of primary school students really opened my eyes to the level of talent we have in this country. The imagination that was reflected in the entries really inspired me and I hope the winners and every other entrant in the competition are also inspired to continue painting and unleashing their creativity on the world”
Michael Marren, CEO of Sightsavers Ireland said: “I would like to personally congratulate Elizabeth on becoming a regional winner and securing a place at the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards final in Dublin next month. I was delighted to see that over 200 primary schools throughout the country participated in the competition and helped raise awareness of Sightsavers’ work in the developing world preventing avoidable blindness. This achievement is something to be incredibly proud of and I hope each entrant in the competition will continue to nourish their artistic natures in the future’
The competition is proudly sponsored by The Irish Times which has donated cash prizes for the schools of the national winners. Art & Hobby stores along with Star School Supplies have once again continued their support by donating thousands of euros worth of prizes to all regional and national winners including art hampers and vouchers. Every child that enters the Awards will receive a Certificate of Participation in recognition of their creative efforts.
The 15 regional winning paintings can be viewed online now: http://www.sightsavers.ie/juniorpainter
The overall winner and runners up will be unveiled at the awards ceremony on February 25th 2014 in The Science Gallery, Dublin 2.