The category winners of This Is Art! from RTÉ and the Creative Ireland Programme have been announced!

Click on the gallery above to see the winning artworks!

Almost 9,000 young people from around the country responded with creativity, enthusiasm and great thoughtfulness to the theme of This Is Now. 

All artworks are now showcased in an online art gallery on RTÉ This Is Art!  and they will be available for generations to come. 

This digital archive will also be offered to the National Archives to contribute the national record of this extraordinary time. 

You can read the artist's statements of the winners and the judges comments below. 

Click on this link to go to the winners section of This Is Art!

Age 7 and under category

TIA Grand Prix Award Winner: Sean Hoban Age 7 from Co Galway - "Love from a Distance" 

What Sean said: "This is my neighbour Jed. I loved visiting Jed everyday with my Dad. Jed makes me laugh by telling funny stories and jokes, Jed gives me biscuits & tea, Jed shows me his lambs & I always play with his dog Celia. During the Covid I can't visit Jed and I miss him a lot but Mam and Dad said I can send love from a distance. Now we drive by and I look into Jed in the field and give him a big wave. Jed always gives me a big smile back. Even though I can't visit Jed I can send him love from a distance." 

What the judges said: "This artwork just jumped out at me! I love Sean's drawing style. He has demonstrated real skill in the different painting techniques that can be seen in the artwork and this is beautifully combined with huge detail of the drawing. The artwork is really joyous and I love Sean's statement, the story resonates for so many of us during these unprecedented times." - Tadhg Crowley, Glucksman Gallery 

Runners up

2nd Place - Bryanna Buckley Age 5 from Meath.

3rd Place - Padráic Matthews Age 5 from Dublin.

Age 8 -11 category

TIA Grand Prix Award Winner: Teddy Duggan Age 8 from Dublin - "Painting Stones" 

What Teddy said: "I paint these stones so I leave them around my area for people to find to make them feel happy."

What the judges said: "This project that brings creativity and joy to so many people is a truly wonderful artistic endeavour. What Teddy has created demonstrates originality, kindness and skill. This project made me smile and I think how lucky Teddy's neighbours are to be able to encounter these beautiful treasures in their area." - Tadhg Crowley, Glucksman Gallery 

Runners Up

2nd Place - Ellen Tierney Age 11 from Kildare.

3rd Place - Edward O'Meara Age 10 from Wicklow.

Age 12-15 category

TIA Grand Prix Award Winner: Shahad Al-Majmaie Age 15 from Dublin - "Blank Faced Brother" 

What Shahad said: "This is a portrait of my brother that I drew during lockdown. I used the book paper to symbolise all the bad news that was being bombarded at us during Covid-19. I decided not to draw a face to represent the sadness that we were feeling as well as our efforts to stay hopeful and block out the news. I chose for my brother to hold the book 'Trash' to express how I was feeling. The book is also a symbol of distraction from the media and Covid-19"

What the judges had to say: "Shahad's portrait of her brother is graphic and intriguing, encouraging the viewer to ask questions and look deeper into the artist's intent. Her use of collaged text has a dizzying effect behind the subject and it really gave me the feeling of being overwhelmed by information. Her drawing style is expressive, even without a facial expression, and her work draws me in. An exciting young artist with a lot to say!" - Fatti Burke

Runners up

2nd Place - Jamie Cahill Age 15 Kildare.

3rd Place - Joanna Lipska Age 14 Kildare.

Age 16-18 category

TIA Grand Prix Award Winner: Hannah Hurley Age 17 from Cork - "The Warrior" 

What Hannah said: "This portrait depicts my granda, Denis, on St. Patrick's Day. Besides everything else that was against the older generation in 2020, his wife, my grandmother passed away this year and I believe that struggle is clear in this painting, however silent he can be sometimes. I used acrylic paints to express this piece, I enjoyed the contrast of the bright colours of the festive hat and his dower expression, I think it reflected my 'now’ very well."

What the judges had to say: Hannah’s artwork 'The Warrior' is so touching and it brought out lots of emotions in me (and the whole judging panel!). I feel like many people can relate to the sense of sadness and loneliness in her grandfather's face during such a difficult time and we have seen similar expressions in our own loved one's faces. I like how this is contrasted with some bright colours to underline the potential for hope in the future. From a technical point of view, her composition and brushwork is outstanding." - Sarah McAuliffe, National Gallery of Ireland 

Runners Up

2nd Place - Mary Bradford Age 17 from Co Waterford.

3rd Place - Milena Krahl Age 18 from Co Mayo.

Group category 

TIA Grand Prix Award Winner Ard Scoil na nDéise, Dungarvan "Ní neart go cur le chéile" (There is no strength without unity)

Artists statment: "Students made illuminated lantern sculptures inspired by one of Ireland's best known tales, 'The Children of Lír'. Their art piece reflecting the difficult times endured but that sense of 'apart but together'. Whilst not able to work closely with each other like before, remarkably the students created their pieces separately, encapsulating the concept of 'Ní neart go cur le chéile'." 

What the judges had to say: "This group project hits very close to home for many people during these challenging times and I love the sense of hope that each artwork and the group overall conveys. Together we are stronger and this certainly come through in the project. Despite the fact that these works had to be created individually, they all connect to each other beautifully and it goes to show that we can be close through things like art even when we are far apart. A big congratulations to everyone who took part in this project!" -  Sarah McAuliffe, National Gallery of Ireland.

Runners Up

2nd Place - Gorey Community School Transition Year, Co Wexford.

3rd Place - Towers Development Group Clondalkin, Co.Dublin.

Each 1st place winner receives the coveted TIA Grand Prix Award of a specially commissioned sculpture by visual artist Vera Klute ARHA.

The 16 to 18 category winners will each be offered a bursary to attend summer courses at Crawford School of Art and Design along with prize vouchers for art supplies and materials. 

100 young artists will also receive hand printed Certificates of Commendation along with prize vouchers for art materials.

Group category winners will also receive a bursary towards an art experience for their school or community group. 

Well done to everyone who has appeared in the gallery and HUGE congratulations to the winners! 

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