Anya Clarke-Carr and her mother, Angela, with her prize-winning work entitled ‘My Mum At Work’, at a function to announce the winners held in Trinity College Dublin.

More Texaco competition success for Clarke Art school

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

In the 16-18 years age category, Anya Clarke-Carr (18), a pupil at Clarke Art, Ratoath, won second prize for her portrait entitled ‘My Mum At Work’. Her work is described by final adjudicator, Professor Gary Granville as “a beautiful portrait of artistic concentration”.

No stranger to the competition, Anya also won second prize in the same category of last year’s competition, third prize in the 14-15 years age category in 2019 and a Special Merit Award in 2020.

In the 9-11 years age category, Nicole Doherty (11), also from Clarke Art, won first prize for her artwork entitled ‘My Shell Collection’, described by Professor Granville as “a beautifully composed and realised interpretation.”

In addition, two Meath winners each won Special Merit Awards for artworks that Professor Granville said, “displayed high levels of skill and creativity.” They were Rachel Moran (18) from Scoil Mhuire, Trim and Lucy O’Reilly (14) from Clarke Art, Ratoath.

Running until 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.