Galway students win top prizes in Texaco Children’s Art Competition

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'My Familiar' - award-winning artwork by Judith Sohn from Salerno Secondary School in Salthill, 2022

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

Diarmuid Donelon (11), from Tuam Educate Together N.S and Judith Sohn (18) from Salerno Secondary School, Salthill, were both winners of Special Merit Awards. 

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

Diarmuid Donelon won the award for his work entitled ‘Camouflage Birds’ and Judith Sohn took home the award for her work, ‘My Familiar’.

The brilliant ‘Camouflage Birds’ by 11-year-old Diarmuid Donelon from Tuam Educate Together N.S

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 Galway and counties across Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.

From 31st May to 30th June, 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.