Tipperary School Highly Commended in National Gallery of Ireland’s Yeats Competition

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The National Gallery of Ireland is delighted to announce that a school in Tipperary is highly recommended in the National Gallery of Ireland’s Jack B. Yeats Schools competition.

Killurney NS was highly commended in the primary school category for its artwork The Flowers of Killurney. Eight winning schools will each receive an exciting prize package worth €1,000. The contest was backed by Key Capital.

To celebrate its landmark exhibition Jack B. Yeats: Painting and Memory, the National Gallery of Ireland has designed this art competition for primary and post-primary schools across the island of Ireland. Advocating for Ireland’s diverse communities, it offered schools the opportunity to engage more deeply with themes of place and memory in the work of iconic Irish artist Jack B. Yeats. Schools were asked to work as a team to create a collaborative piece of art inspired by the memories of people in their area. Each school could choose to create their works in any form. The finished artwork was photographed and digitally submitted to the Gallery for judging.

The judges for the National Gallery of Ireland’s Jack B. Yeats Schools competition were Brian Ranalow, artist; Catherine O’Donnell, Head of Education, National Gallery of Ireland, and Brendan Rooney, Chief Curator, National Gallery of Ireland.

Competition results

PRIMARY SCHOOL CATEGORY – WINNING SCHOOLS

School: St Fintan’s NS, Lismacaffrey, County Westmeath

Title of the work: “Shining Light” on our memories of our locality and its inhabitants.

School: Scoil Eoin, Tralee, County Kerry

Title of the work: Our community remembers the rose of Tralee

School: SN Éadan Fhionnfhraoich/Edeninfagh NS, Glenties, Co Donegal

Title of the work: “Doors – Portals of transport, memories and time”

School: Ballinlig NS, Skreen, Co Sligo

Title of the work: Our magical memories of beautiful Beltra

PRIMARY SCHOOL CATEGORY – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SCHOOLS

School: Scoil Maelruain Senior, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Title of the work: Memories in the landscape

School: Killurney NS, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Title of the work: The Flowers of Killurney

POST-PRIMARY SCHOOL CATEGORY – WINNING SCHOOLS

School: Jean-Baptiste Community School, Hospital, County Limerick

Title of the work: Illuminated Memory Bubbles

School: Colaiste Muire, Ballymote, County Sligo

Title of the work: Ballymote Treasures

School: St Louise’s Comprehensive College, Belfast

Title of the work: local beauty

School: St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, County Dublin

Title of the work: Community and Identity in Rush

POST-PRIMARY SCHOOL CATEGORY – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SCHOOLS

School: De La Salle College, Waterford

Title of the work: “We live protected under each other’s shadow” ode to Joe Caslin… “Rylan”… Waterford’s own “Christ the Redeemer”.

School: St Benildus College, Stillorgan, County Dublin

Title of the work: Voyager

The Jack B. Yeats School Contest is inspired by the current exhibition at the Jack B. Yeats Museum: Painting and Memory. This exhibition, the largest exhibition of oil paintings by Yeats in 50 years, is on view at the National Gallery of Ireland until February 6, 2022. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view some of Yeats’ most important paintings. Yeats and explores the role of memory. in the life of Jack B. Yeats and how it influenced his work. From his first forays into oil painting, Yeats was exceptionally dependent on memory and retrospection. Memories of childhood in Sligo inspired many of his works, and particular motifs – music and horses leading among them – recur in his paintings. In this selection of 84 oil paintings spanning over 40 years, Gallery visitors can see places and people Yeats remembered, his observations of humanity, and his reflections on life and the loss of his last years.

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