A SIX-YEAR-OLD County Limerick girl’s artwork has to be seen to be believed.
Lily Chambers, aged six, who attends Caherline National School has been chosen as one of the best young artists in Ireland at Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards.
The school was celebrating on the double as Maeve Howard’s entry was highly commended by judges.
Lily is one of 15 finalists who will have their paintings displayed at the national awards ceremony in the Science Gallery in Dublin where the overall winners will be selected.
Her artwork was chosen from thousands of paintings by over 200 primary schools nationwide.
Lily’s imaginative painting entitled ‘I would love to see a monkey’s café’ was inspired by this year’s competition theme - I would love to see. She was a winner in the junior/senior infants category and will receive a special regional prize for her amazing achievement.
Lily said: “This competition made me realise how precious my eyes are to me.”
The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards is designed to inspire Irish children to express their artistic talent through painting whilst developing an appreciation of the importance and value of their sight.
The competition, open to primary school students of all ages nationwide, has grown over the last five years and the 2013 competition has proven to be one of the most popular to date.
Recognising the difficulties schools are finding themselves in due to cut backs, this year cash prizes have been donated for the schools of the overall winning students by The Irish Times.
Children learned about Sightsavers’ important work in preventing avoidable blindness and restoring sight for millions of people in the developing world.
Michael Marren, CEO of Sightsavers Ireland, said: “I would like to personally congratulate Lily on becoming a regional winner and securing a place at the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards final in Dublin next month.
“This achievement is something to be incredibly proud of and I hope each entrant will continue to nourish their artistic natures in the future.”
Judge for the competition and founder of Cartoon Saloon, Tomm Moore, said picking the winners was no easy task.
“The standard of art entered blew me away and the fact that it was the work of primary school pupils really opened my eyes to the level of talent we have in this country.
“The imagination that was reflected in the entries really inspired me and I hope the winners and every other entrant in the competition are also inspired to continue painting and unleashing their creativity on the world,” said Tomm.
Art & Hobby stores along with Star School Supplies have once again continued their support by donating thousands of euros worth of prizes to all regional and national winners, The awards ceremony is on February 25.