Rachel Reilly from Oaklands Community College, Co Offaly has been announced as the National Winner of the Mental Health Ireland Art Post Primary Competition. Her piece of art depicts two faces on a dark background. The skill used in the painting was to a very high standard and it stood out immediately to the judges. See Rachel’s painting here
Maria Connolly from Castleblaney College, Co Monaghan has been announced as the National Winner of the Mental Health Ireland Photography Post Primary Competition. Her photo included five students all acting out things they do to ‘mind their mental health’, the theme of the competition. The judges liked this photo as it involved imagination, teamwork and photography skill.
Both students received her first place prize and also a limited edition print by artist Lisa Butterly at Mental Health Ireland’s an Art and Photo Exhibition in Dublin City Council offices which celebrated 40 highly commended entries and the Provincial and National Winners.
The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Mind Your Mental Health’. Students nationwide were encouraged explored what this theme with their teachers and classmates… and to them get creative!
Orla Barry, CEO Mental Health Ireland said “There are so many ways we can mind our mental health and each person has a different way to relax, take time out or un-wide. This competition provides a space for students to talk about positive mental health and create awareness of mental health and wellbeing in our schools and social circles. The standard of work received was at a very high level in both categories and we were delighted to host our first Exhibition this year to showcase the top 40 entries from the 2,000 received.”
The Exhibition was a huge success. There was a very high footfall through the exhibition space for the week and it received a very positive reaction from the public. Over 100 people attended the award ceremony on the 27th April from the four corners of Ireland including students and their families, friends and teachers.
This year Mental Health Ireland had the support of esteemed artist Lisa Butterly in selecting the winning entries and those chosen to feature in the Exhibition. Lisa displayed some of her art alongside the competition winners and gave both National Winners a print of her artwork.
Lisa Butterly said “Art is so important to me. It’s a way for me to express my feelings in my own unique way. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at every single entry into the competition and it was really refreshing to see so much talent and awareness of mental health and wellbeing from teenagers around the country. You don’t need to be experienced to create something magical so I would encourage everyone to just give it a go”.
The National Winners in Art and Photography receive a €250 All4One voucher and the Provincial Winners receive €50 All4One vouchers. The winning pieces and a number of selected entries will appear in Mental Health Ireland’s 2017 calendar which will be available to buy on our website.
The provincial winners are all featured below.