Young Kildare artists featured among the prize winners in the Creative Ireland Programme and RTÉ This Is Art! competition.
Almost 9,000 young people from around the country responded with creativity, enthusiasm and great thoughtfulness to the theme of This Is Now. What emerged is a visual representation of our young people’s perspective on the health crisis and how it has impacted their lives and the lives of those they love.
Ellen Tierney (11) from Naas was second in the 8-11 category with her painting of a happy lady working from home near the cliffs of Moher while listening to music. “I tried to make this art happy because things are sad right now,” Ellen said. “I love to make colourful art to make people smile. You are probably asking ‘where is the chair?’ Well so am I. Maybe she’s watching a fitness workout and doing some lunges on her tea break. You can use your imagination. I really love art and I had so much fun making this. I hope you like it too,” added Ellen.
15-year-old Jamie Cahill from the Curragh was placed second in the 12-15 category with his very detailed drawing. He said this was his best work. ” I feel it embodies both my perception of the world and my experience within it. The beautiful chaos and the tiny stories that are formed in the essence of every interaction. It contains pieces of who I am within every drop of ink and every second I spent on it. An outlet of artistic expression as I grew through some of the worst times in my life.
In third place in the same section was a self-portrait by 14-year-old Joanne Lipska from Newbridge.
“I took a photo of myself and liked the expression so I drew it,” Joanne said. “The drawing reminded me of how distorted 2020 really was.”
All the artworks are now showcased in an online art gallery on www.rte.ie/