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Local Artists To Feature In Major Tokyo Exhibition

Texaco Calendar 2The artwork of Nicole Halpin (13) from Malahide Community School, entitled 'Love Is', which appears in the Texaco Childrens Art calendar for 2017

Two young North County artists, both winners in the annual Texaco Children’s Art competition, are to have their winning works exhibited at the International High School Arts Festival, which takes place in Tokyo in August.

The highly prestigious exhibition, now in its 18th year, is described as ‘a showcase for the world’s best young artistic talent’. It will feature some 400 pieces by students representing nations across the world.

The two artworks chosen amongst the five that will represent Ireland at the event are ‘Love Is’ by Nicole Halpin from Malahide Community School and ‘The Face’ by Wiktoria Anna Witkowska from Loreto College, Balbriggan.

James Twohig, Director of Ireland Operations for Valero, who market fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand, said that works selected to represent Ireland “embody content that will attract viewers and promote the cultural and scenic features for which we are renowned globally.”
Sponsored by the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, the exhibition will take place in Tokyo’s National Arts Centre, one of Japan’s most highly regarded galleries.