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Friday, 27th March 2020

Judging of Texaco Children’s Art competition on hold

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Texaco Children’s Art Competition adjudicator Seán Kissane admiring two of the entries received from students in Drogheda this year. They are ‘The Iguana’ by a pupil from Creative Circle School and another entitled ‘Chameleon’ by a pupil from Ballymakenny College. Judging has now been postponed.

The Texaco Children’s Art competition is in its 66th year making it the longest running children’s art competition in Ireland but sadly it has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.

Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited, sponsors of the annual competition, which is very popular in local schools with  400 young artists from County Louth submitting entries this year,  has announced their decision to postpone the Final Judging, Winners’ Announcement and Prize Presentation of this year’s Competition.

The announcement is one that Valero Marketing Manager, Ms. Bronagh Carron said, “Will oblige all of the young artists throughout Ireland who submitted entries this year to wait a little longer before knowing who the 2020 Competition winners will be.”

“Categorization of the 25,820 entries received has been completed. Also completed is the Preliminary Judging process undertaken by an independent five-person panel of art specialists who decide the shortlist of entries that go forward for Final Adjudication” Ms. Carron added.

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A decision has been taken to halt the process at this point and place matters in abeyance until it becomes safe to proceed with the customary Announcement of Winners Media Reception – traditionally held in mid-April and attended by the top 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of seven age categories – and the Presentation of Prizes event, normally held in mid-May to which all 126 top prize winners and special merit award recipients and their parents are invited.

Whilst acknowledging that the decision taken is in line with medical advice and in the best interests of all concerned, the Valero Energy (Ireland) states that “organisers fully appreciate the sense of disappointment that it may cause to the many young artists whose hopes must be put on-hold as they await the completion of the judging process and the announcement of winners.”

‘In this regard, Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited will await the advice and instructions of Government in relation to COVID-19, hopeful that we can proceed and bring our 66th Texaco Children’s Art Competition to completion as soon as those who are expert in these matters deem it safe to do so,’ the statement added.

Thanking all of the young artists who have entered works in this year’s Competition, ‘whose enthusiasm, imagination, talent and dedication are qualities that we continue to applaud and admire’ and those many parents, guardians and teachers who so support their efforts, their Marketing Manager, Ms. Bronagh Carron added, “When it becomes safe for us to proceed and make new arrangements, contact will be made individually with each of the 126 winners involved and a general announcement will be posted on our website.”

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