Top art prizes won by two Derry students

Two Derry students have won top prizes in this year’s 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

They were Niamh Morgan (11), from St. Columba’s P.S., Kilrea, for her work entitled ‘The Skies The Limit’, and Cian Bolster (18), from Ardnashee School & College, Derry, for his work entitled ‘Dragon Dreams’.

Both were winners of Special Merit Awards for artworks that Final Adjudicator, Professor Gary Granville said “displayed high levels of skill and creativity.”

The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is popularly regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first Competition held in 1955. This year, as has been the case throughout its life, it has been a platform on which young artists from Derry and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.

‘The Skies The Limit' by Niamh Morgan (11), from St. Columba’s P.S. and ‘Dragon Dreams’ by Cian Bolster (18), from Ardnashee School & College, Derry. The Derry students won top prizes in the Texaco Childrens' Art Competition.


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From May 31 to June 30, Belfast’s Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s Competition. Admission is free and the Academy is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm.