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Blathnaid Treacy congratulates our national winners at Junior Painter Awards 2016.

RTE’s Blathnaid Treacy congratulates our national winners at Junior Painter Awards 2016.


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”. Many children felt this wasn’t far enough into the future, and so we are pleased to announce that next year our theme for 2017 will be “Framing the Future”.

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. Our national winners were announced at a special Awards Day in Dublin’s Science Gallery – our third place runner up, aged 6 from Caherline NS in Co. Limerick: Aran O’Meara, with his painting “In 2030, dinosaurs will come out to play”; second place went to Lisa Crawte (11) from Ballyduff NS, Co. Wexford with her painting “The Future is in Our Hands”; and this year’s overall winner was Laura Gavin (10) from Scoil Bhríde, County Meath. She received the top award for her wonderful creation, ‘In 2030, we will all travel by motorised umbrellas’

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.

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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

The Junior Painter winners holding up their paintings.

Junior Painter’s ‘Imagine 2030′ in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre this July

22 June 2016

NEWS: Celebrations continue for young artists in Ireland, as we proudly announce an exhibition of our National and Regional winners of the Junior Painter Awards in the Powerscourt Centre in Dublin’s city centre from July 1st. Continue reading


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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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 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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