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Junior Painter


Open to primary school children across Ireland, Sightsavers’ Junior Painter Awards aim to inspire children to express their artistic talent and develop an appreciation of the importance and value of sight. The contest provides a great opportunity to learn about people living with blindness and sight problems in developing countries.

Every year Sightsavers asks children to create a painting that both allows them to explore the sense of sight and to consider the world around them. This year’s theme was “Imagine 2030” as in 2015, world leaders are making decisions on how to fight poverty for the next 15 years.

We had an amazingly high standard of entries this year and even awarded an extra 20 special commendations. You can find the full list of winners and specially commended on our news page or visit our gallery of 2016’s winners and commendations. The national winners will be announced in April.

Padraig Naughton returned as a judge, this year, and was joined by artist and educator, Deirdre Rogers. We are also delighted that The Irish Times is once again sponsored the cash prizes, and we are delighted to have ReCreate are on board this year as a new sponsor of arts and crafts goodies and workshops.

A little boy plays with a toy carYour lesson plans

We have created curriculum linked lesson plans for both primary and secondary level classes.


Junior Painter gallery

Check out some of our past competing schools and their winning works of art in our Junior Painter gallery.

Schools news


Junior Painters at Mountains to Sea

07 March 2016

At Sightsavers, we are very proud of our Junior Painters, and love any opportunity to share their creativity with others. Continue reading

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Junior Painter 2016: Regional Winners

28 January 2016

Judging for our annual Junior Painter competition took place last week and the results are in! Continue reading

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News2Day reports on Junior Painter

24 September 2015

News2Day's presenter, Gill Stedman, joins a school class as they discuss visual impairment and this years theme - Imagine 2030. Continue reading

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Junior Painter awards exhibition is now open!

01 April 2015

The Junior Painter awards exhibition is now open! Come and see all the winning masterpieces for yourself at the Powercourt Townhouse Centre. Continue reading

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