Lattin's Benjamin Franklin (age 9) chosen as one of Ireland's Best Young Artists

Lattin's Benjamin Franklin (age 9) chosen as one of Ireland's Best Young Artists

Benjamin Franklin (age 9) from Shronell National School Lattin in Co. Tipperary has been chosen as one of Ireland’s best young painters for his entry to the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards 2018.

Benjamin’s (Everyone Can Participate) painting was inspired by the competition theme of “Put Us In The Picture” and is a regional winner in the Munster 3rd/4th class category. Competition was as strong as ever with children from hundreds of primary schools across the country entering the very popular annual art competition.

Benjamin is one of the fifteen finalists picked to have their paintings displayed at an awards ceremony in Dublin on April 17th where the overall winners will be revealed. The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards aims to inspire Irish children to express their artistic talent through painting whilst developing an appreciation of the importance and value of their sight and to bring awareness of the important work Sightsavers carries out in developing countries to prevent avoidable blindness and promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities. This year’s ‘Put Us In The Picture’ theme inspired colourful , imaginative and creative entries.

Each of the fifteen regional winners will have the opportunity to see their work displayed at a special Awards Day ceremony in April where three overall national winners will be announced. The national winners will receive cash prizes for their schools, sponsored by The Book Centre and Barker and Jones bookshop, and memberships and ‘toolboxes’ full of arts and crafts materials from ReCreate Ireland.