Winners announced for Crann art competition

Crann is delighted to announce the winners of our recent A day in my life (with a physical disability) art competition.

The online competition, which was launched on March 26, drew a diverse range of entries encompassing paintings, poetry, drawings, photography, and song.

The winners were chosen by the competitions judge, Louise Foott, Head of Department for Arts in Health & Education at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.

Louise said, “There was such variety. It was not an easy task. I have selected a winner in the two categories:

Adult – Gloria O’Doherty ‘Sunset Storm Within’

“Gloria’s painting is raw and engaging. She uses the creative process in a very sincere way that seems to provide her with a valuable means of expression.”

Sibling – Abaigh Roarty

“Apart from being a well executed drawing, Abaigh has really captured the bond between herself and her sister, Clara, in her image. It is a beautifully honest drawing of two teenage siblings – speaking volumes in its simplicity.

“Rather than have two runners-up, I would like to recommend one piece for a special award. Ciara O’Neill submitted a video of her and her brother singing. It moved me to tears. I would like to award Cathal and Ciara O’Neill the third award for their movie – Carlitos, the Fat Man and the Angel ‘Shallows’.

“I would like to commend all the entries that didn’t receive awards. Majella’s Corona Virus song was just great and Mary O’Sullivan’s painting was beautiful. Several of the submissions were specifically linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and it was very interesting to gain a perspective on someone else’s experience of the lock down.”

Crann founder Kate Jarvey said, “Like all the members of the Crann Team, I was inspired by the work submitted for the recent Crann Art Competition. There is obviously a wealth of talent out there!  Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and congratulations to the winners!

“Although we are all going through challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic you have shown us that our creativity and imaginations are still free to work and inspire both you and us.  I hope this experience with Crann will encourage you to join other Crann programs and activities.  Until the happy day when we can all meet again best wishes from Crann that you and yours stay safe and healthy.”

The winners will receive a €100 One4All gift voucher.

In keeping with Crann’s commitment to exploring creativity we are currently running online art classes for Kids & Siblings, and Teenagers. The weekly 50 minute art classes (Tuesday’s, 2-3 pm for Kids & Siblings, 3.15 – 4.15 pm for Teenagers) explore creativity though art and movement and is combined with a 10-minute introduction to Yoga. If you are interested in joining this or any of our programmes then please contact

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