Work by young Ballymena artist features in major Tokyo exhibition

Justin Cole.

A prize-winning self-portrait from last year’s 64th Texaco Children’s Art Competition by Justin Cole from Dunclug College, Ballymena, was exhibited at the 20th International High School Arts Festival which took place in Tokyo recently.

The highly prestigious exhibition was described as ‘a showcase for the world’s best young artistic talent’ and featured some 400 artworks by students representing nations across the world.

Sponsored by the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, the exhibition took place in Tokyo’s National Arts Centre, one of Japan’s most highly regarded galleries.

Other 2018 Texaco winners on display were ‘Mirrored’ by Jean O’Riordan (15) from Model Farm Road, Cork and a portrait by Evan Kearney (18) from Bray, whilst ‘Lone Tree’ by Joel Smyth (17) from Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College was a winning artwork in 2017.

Also exhibited was the overall winner in this year’s 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition – a portrait entitled ‘Lifelines’ by Naoise Hennessy (16) from Craanford, near Gorey in County Wexford.

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