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Wicklow boy chosen as one of Ireland’s best young artists

Sightsavers unveiled the national winners of the Junior Painter of the Year Awards 2017 in the inspiring surroundings of The Science Gallery, Dublin. This year’s theme ‘Framing the Future’ encouraged thousands of creative entries from over 200 primary schools nationwide. The annual competition was devised by Sightsavers to inspire Irish children to express their artistic talent through painting, whilst developing an appreciation of the importance and value of their sight. On the day a familiar face to children all across Ireland, News2Day presenter Gill Stedman, presented the national winners with their prizes. They are LtoR  Fourth Place Winner – Sarah Mullaney (Aged 12, Swinford, Co. Mayo) “Everyone living life to the full” ,Ella Taylor (Aged 7, Dundalk Co. Louth) “I'll have a flying app on my iPhone”  First Place Winner – Dylan Williams (Aged 8, Ennis Co. Clare) “In future I will live in a music city”, Second Place Winner – Ella Taylor and Third Place Winner – Shane Maher (Aged12, Borrisoleigh Co. Tipperary) “Science enablest the blind to see”.Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.·

Sightsavers unveiled the national winners of the Junior Painter of the Year Awards 2017 in the inspiring surroundings of The Science Gallery, Dublin. This year’s theme ‘Framing the Future’ encouraged thousands of creative entries from over 200 primary schools nationwide. The annual competition was devised by Sightsavers to inspire Irish children to express their artistic talent through painting, whilst developing an appreciation of the importance and value of their sight. On the day a familiar face to children all across Ireland, News2Day presenter Gill Stedman, presented the national winners with their prizes. They are LtoR Fourth Place Winner – Sarah Mullaney (Aged 12, Swinford, Co. Mayo) “Everyone living life to the full” ,Ella Taylor (Aged 7, Dundalk Co. Louth) “I’ll have a flying app on my iPhone” First Place Winner – Dylan Williams (Aged 8, Ennis Co. Clare) “In future I will live in a music city”, Second Place Winner – Ella Taylor and Third Place Winner – Shane Maher (Aged12, Borrisoleigh Co. Tipperary) “Science enablest the blind to see”.Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.·

Shane Tisdall, Age 5, from Kilbride NS in Co Wicklow,  has been chosen as one of Ireland’s best young painters for his entry to the Sightsavers Junior Painters Awards 2017.  Shane’s painting was inspired by this year’s theme of “Framing the Future” and is a regional winner in his category.

Competition was as tough as ever with thousands of children from over 200 primary schools across the country entering this hugely popular annual art competition. Shane is one of the 15 finalists chosen to have their painting displayed at the awards ceremony in Dublin on Monday 27th February.

Embracing creativity and education are the core objectives of the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards which is open to primary school students of all ages across the country. Sightsavers envisions an inclusive future where children living with disabilities get to go to school. This year’s “Framing the Future” theme inspired thousands of imaginative entries. All three judges, Emmy-award winning costume designer Joan Bergin, Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch, and artist and director of Arts and Disability Ireland Padraig Naughton, were astounded by the entries received. They especially noted the fantastic expression and colour and time that went into each and every painting.

Catrina Sheridan, Sightsavers CEO, said: “We always love seeing the wonderful paintings which children across Ireland create for the Junior Painter Awards. The competition has shown us that Irish children are caring and compassionate. It allows us to teach them about the value of sight and how some children living with blindness in developing countries around the world don’t always have the opportunity to go to school like they do. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

The Junior Painter Awards competition is proudly sponsored by The Irish Times and ReCreate, an arts and creative reuse project which collects unused materials from businesses around Ireland for art, craft, theatre and creative projects. This year’s top four finalists won substantial cash prizes for their schools. Every child that entered received a Certificate of Participation in recognition of their creative efforts.

The 15 finalist paintings will be exhibited in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre from July 1st through to August 5th.

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