Bridgetown artists get their dream cars in gear

Finalists Rory McNamara (age 8) and May Skehan (age 7) from Clare with their winning artworks at the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Ceremony at Toyota Ireland’s Head Office. Picture Conor McCabe.

TWO aspiring young artists have been chosen to compete in the final of a prestigious global art competition.

May Skehan (7) and Rory McNamara (8), both of whom attend Bridgetown National School, were recently chosen to represent Ireland in Toyota’s ‘Dream Car’ art contest after leaving a mark on judges with their “impressive artistic skills” and “inventive ideas”.

Rory, who is from nearby Killaloe, represents Bridgetown NS in the competition’s eight to 11-year- old category with his works ‘Up Up & Away Dream Car’.

Bridgetown native May, who finished in first place in the under eight category, joined forces with her primary school colleague after recently showcasing her painting entitled ‘Donut Dream’ at the Toyota Ireland head office in Dublin.

Finalist May Skehan (age 7) from Bridgetown with her winning artwork titled ‘Donut Dream’

With three finalists in each category [under eight years, eight to 11, and 12 to 15 years], the chosen East Clare artists make up a total of nine “talented” children who are set to compete in the final of the worldwide contest.

Now in its 13th year, the ‘Dream Car’ competition encourages students to explore their most innovative ideas by letting their imaginations run free.

Michael Gaynor, marketing director at Toyota Ireland, expressed his acknowledgement at the impressive quality of this year’s entrants and finalists.

Finalist Rory McNamara (age 8) from Co Clare with his winning artwork titled ‘Up up and way’ at the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Ceremony at Toyota Ireland’s Head Office, Dublin.

“The standard of the Irish entries continues to impress the judges,” he said.
The environment and sustainability were apparent themes as entrants submitted their interpretation of the dream car of the future.

“As the future innovators of Ireland, it’s heartening to see that these children are passionate about the environment and that their creative intelligence knows no bounds,” added Mr Gaynor.

The chosen nine will now go forward to represent Ireland for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan with their family.

Pictured were finalists Rory McNamara (age 8) and May Skehan (age 7) with their winning artworks at the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Ceremony at Toyota Ireland’s Head Office, Dublin

“We wish all of the finalists the best of luck with the next stage of the competition and hope to see an Irish entry make it to Japan this August,” Michael concluded.

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