Talented Aifric from Clontarf voted one of Ireland’s top young artists

by Rachel Darcy

A ten-year-old artist from Clontarf has been crowned the winner of the Irish leg of an exciting award for young artists, getting into the finals for the UK and Ireland.

Aifric Ní Riain from Clontarf was selected as a finalist in the 2019 Bic Kids Young Artist Award, beating out nearly 1,500 other entries to become a regional finalist for Ireland.

The BIC Kids Young Artist Award celebrates the creative children from across the UK and Ireland, giving youngsters and their parents the opportunity to see their child’s drawings graduate from the fridge door to billboards.

For her entry, Aifric – who plays for Scoil Ui Chonaill GAA’s under-10’s team – drew a superb peacock. Her GAA team have encouraged their supporters to get behind the budding artist, tweeting their support for Aifric.

Phil Corbett, an illustrator who sat on the judging panel for this year’s campaign, said judges were wowed by Aifric’s creation.

“We are delighted to crown Aifric as our regional finalist for Ireland. Great composition – I love the blend between pattern and illustration. The peacocks head shows a lot of character too – especially in its eyes.

“We were wowed by the quality of her submission and we hope that becoming a regional winner encourages Aifric to continue developing her natural talent and technical ability.

“We hope the people of Ireland get behind Aifric and cast their vote for this talented young artist on the BIC Kids Young Artist Award website!”

Aifric’s entry is now displayed proudly on a huge billboard on Macken Street, and her perky peacock will appear on posters across Dublin and beyond.

She will now go for a public vote against other regional finalists, which runs until Sunday, September 8. The public will then decide who wins the overall prize of having their artwork published on billboards nationwide, as well as a creative art party.

To vote for Aifric, visit bickids.co.uk/youngartist.

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