Young Wicklow artist, Naoise Hennessy – a 16-year old student from Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew – has returned from Japan after attending the 20th International High School Arts Festival in Tokyo at which her prize-winning entry in this year’s 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition was displayed.
Travelling at the invitation of Japan’s International Foundation for Arts and Culture, Naoise attended the opening of the exhibition, which took place recently at Japan’s largest art museum – the prestigious National Art Center in Tokyo.
At the event, described as a ‘global showcase for the world’s best young artistic talent’, Naoise’s work – entitled ‘‘Lifelines’ – was exhibited alongside some 400 other artworks by students worldwide.
Another winning Wicklow work selected for the exhibition was a portrait by Evan Kearney (18) from Bray – one of the top winners in last year’s 64th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Also exhibiting were ‘Mirrored’ by Jean O’Riordan (15) from Model Farm Road, Cork; a self-portrait by Justin Cole (15) from Dunclug College, Ballymena (all from 2018) and ‘Lone Tree’ by Joel Smyth (17) from Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College – a winner in the 2017 edition of the Competition.