A fantastic evening was enjoyed by over 160 students and their friends, families and teachers at the Mental Health Ireland Art & Photography Awards night.
The level of skill and imagination this year was extremely high and as our CEO, Martin Rogan said,
Young people in Ireland have taken a great interest in mental health and this is very obvious from the entries we have received this year. They are not just interested in their own mental health but show interest in supporting others. This competition creates a platform for discussion that provokes and evokes a deeper conversation. The standard of work received was at a very high level in both categories and we are delighted to host our second Exhibition this year to showcase the top 44 entries from the 1,500 received.
The National Art Winner was Lauren McKenna from St Louis Secondary School, Co Monaghan. Her drawing of a woman with butterflies, flowers and positive quotes on a background of black and while is incredibly detailed. The skill used in the drawing was to a very high standard and it stood out immediately.
The National Photography Winner was Willow McConville from Mount Saint Michael Secondary School, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Her photo of the word ‘anxiety’ in the dictionary was different from every other entry. The judges likes this photo as it involved imagination and an issue affecting more and more students.
Provincial winners in the Art Category:
- Connaught: Tara Hannick, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Mayo
- Munster: Aileen Kent, Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown, Co Cork
- Ulster: Kellie McClafferty. Royal Prior and Comprehensive, Co Donegal
- Leinster: Rachel Bennett, Loreto Abbey Dalkey, Co Dublin
Provincial winners in the Photography Category:
- Connaught: Katherine Smith, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar, Co Mayo
- Munster: Aoife King, Mercy Secondary School, Tralee, Co Kerry
- Ulster: Nicola Hughes, Largy College, Co Monaghan
- Leinster: Darshan Pokhrel, CBS Synge Street, Co Dublin