Artists in Arms: Former winner Philip Mackey congratulates Peadar McDaid at the Glebe Gallery on Good Friday . Photo Brian McDaid
One of the four pieces that were exhibited by artist Peadar McDaid who was the outright winner of the 2018 Derek Hill Award at the Glebe. Photo Brian McDaid
Peadar McDaid, winner of the Derek Hill Foundation prize at the Glebe Gallery & House Easter Art competition on Friday night said he was "very happy" to win the award.
The process involved submitting four pieces and the award is regarded as hugely prestigious.
A large number of people attended the presentations at the Glebe House Derek Hill Gallery at Gartan and there was delight when Letterkenny man McDaid was announced as the Derek Hill Foundation prize winner.
Reacting afterwards to the win, he said he was "very happy to win this award, I have been selected for a number of years and it's nice to win".
He praised the work by the other artists who also won awards adding: "There is some lovely work also by some of the other artists who also won awards, I would know them well, so well done to all of them on winning."
He paid special thanks to the judges for selecting his four pieces for exhibition - the award was based on all four awards being selected which it's understood is unique in the history of the competition.
Peadar, a visual artist, has been involved in drawing, graphic design, film-making, painting and photography for more than 30 years. Peadar works full-time as an art tutor for the Mental Health Service, under the umbrella of the Create-A-Link Art Centre based at the Pearse Road in Letterkenny.
As part of the programme that he teaches, he encourages his students to enter competitions and the Glebe is one of the first of the year and they encourage artists from the programme to enter and this year Peadar told the Democrat they had five students selected for their work. "For the students it is great for their artistic journey and for their mental health, because the work is judged on the strength of their work."
Peadar, who last summer embarked on an "8 days walk around Donegal" last summer for mental health awareness told the Democrat that he is now planning a 48-hour walk/jog around Donegal in June of this year for mental health awarness and he joked "apart from that I might get a wee bit of time in the studio too for some artistic work".
The six winners of prizes at the awards were: Tom Agnew, Marvin Baldemor, Samantha Ellis-Fox, Kate McSorley, Dee M Shanny, Ruairi L Rodgers and Peadar McDaid who won the Derek Hill Foundation prize which was presented by special guest Philip Mackey, who won the Foundation Award three years ago and has featured twice on the Sky Arts Portrait of the Year TV show.