Following in the footsteps of leading Irish artists who took part during their early lives – renowned figures such as Graham Knuttel, Robert Ballagh, Dorothy Cross and Bernadette Madden – young artists who submitted entries to this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition, including a number from Co. Dublin, are currently having their works evaluated as the judging process gets underway. Pictured is adjudicator, Seán Kissane, holding two of the entries received from South Dublin this year – a work entitled ‘Images of Sunflowers’ (left), by a pupil from Riverview Educate Together National School, Greenhills and another entitled ‘The Eyes of the World’, by a pupil from St. Michael’s Holy Angels, Chapelizod.
Winners in the seven age categories, including one exclusively for artworks by young artists with special needs, will be announced in late May. Currently in its 68th year, the Texaco Children’s Art Competition is the longest-running art sponsorship in Ireland. First held in 1955, it is hosted by Valero Energy (Ireland) limited – the company that markets fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand.