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