Junior Painter 2017 was launched this week at the Dublin Convention Centre with help from two of the celebrity judges. 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.
Each year, Sightsavers asks children to create a painting that allows them to both explore the sense of sight and to consider the world around them. The theme for 2017 is “Framing the Future”.
We want as many children as possible, from Junior Infants through to 6th class, to take part in the competition, and our theme is designed to include people of every capacity. We encourage teachers to use our curriculum linked lesson plan to provide an age appropriate, deeper understanding of the work represented by the theme.
In developing countries, 90% of children who are blind do not attend school. At Sightsavers, we believe that everyone should have the right to learn, earn and be happy. We are framing the future as an inclusive world, where children living with disabilities get to go to school, no matter where they live.
This year, our returning judge Padraig Naughton, Director of Arts and Disability Ireland, is joined by Emmy award-winning costume designer, Joan Bergin, and Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch. We are grateful to our judges for giving their time to the difficult job of choosing our 15 regional and 3 national winners.
Our young artists never let us down! You can view some of last year’s entry in our gallery, and you will see why we are looking forward to colourful, imaginative, engaging and skillful paintings from all around the country.
Entry packs will be posted to schools in the first two weeks of September, which will include an attractive gatefold poster with full details of rules, how to enter, where to send your paintings, prize details and tips from our judges. You can download a PDF version here. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Junior Painter Awards could not happen without our competition sponsors. We say a big thank you to The Irish Times, which awards cash prizes to schools of the national winners, and to ReCreate Ireland for their inspiring and valuable ‘creative toolkits’, memberships and workshops.
Good luck and happy painting!
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
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