Getting Creative with Mental Health
Over 1,500 Irish students drew and photographed what mental health means to them following a call for entries into Mental Health Ireland’s Art & Photography Competition.
Issues including anxiety, stress and depression can be difficult for teenagers to talk about. Feedback from teachers and students was this competition opened up a space for the students to think about their own mental health and those around them.
The National Art Winner was Jonathan O’Keeffe from St. Brendan’s College, Killarney, Co Kerry. His sketch of his own face in pencil was so detailed and life like. The image is of him crying with small people helping to mop up his tears for him. A really powerful piece of art.
The National Photography Winner was Marcus Prouse from Drogheda Grammar School, Drogheda, Co Louth. His photo is a close up of a girls face surrounded by leaves of a tree. The use of natural light was really well executed and the way he captured the subject’s eyes was fantastic.
Martin Rogan, CEO Mental Health Ireland 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 were delighted to host our Exhibition in Dublin City Council to showcase the top 45 entries from all over Ireland.”
The Exhibition and award ceremony took place last week in Dublin City County on Wood Quay with students and their families travelling from all over Ireland to attend.
Mental Health Ireland had the support of esteemed artist Lisa Butterly in selecting the winning entries for Art and support from Rosaleen Heavin for Photography.
You can see all of the Art and Photo 2018 Winners, Provincial winners and highly commended entries here.
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 2019 calendar.