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Westport Music
and Arts Festival 2018

Opens 25 October, 7.00pm


Runs until 25 November 2018

Custom House Studios with  Westival Westport Music and Arts Festival 2018 are pleased to host an exhibition of 20 Mayo artworks – all prize-winning entries in the Texaco Children's Art Competition from 2000 to present day. Opening by Dr Dr. Denise Ferran, Artist, Art Historian And Recent President Of The Royal Ulster Academy Of Arts, Thursday  October 25th     7.00  pm.

Exhibition runs every day until November 25th    2018.


Amongst the highlights exhibiting will be a painting entitled ‘Gráinne’, by Hetty Lawlor – an 18-year old from Kilmeena, near Westport and a former pupil at the local Sacred Heart School. Hetty has recently returned from Japan, having been invited to attend the 19th International High School Arts Festival in Tokyo, following her success in becoming the overall winner in this year's 64th Texaco Children's Art Competition.


Also featuring in the Westport collection will be a number of award-winning artworks from well-known Mayo artist Shania McDonagh, a former pupil at Mount St. Michael Secondary School, Claremorris and a first-place category winner in the competition on no fewer than four occasions. Amongst the exhibits will be her 2014 work entitled ‘Coleman’ – a life-like portrait that has established her as one of the most talented artists of her generation and which has been fated by art lovers here and internationally since it won the overall prize in the 60th year of the competition.


The official opening, to which the winning Mayo artists have been invited, will take place at 7pm on Thursday, 25th October. Following this, the exhibition will remain open to the public each day until Sunday 25th November next. Opening hours are 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday and 1pm - 4.30pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays. Admission is free.


Built to provide exhibition space for local artists to show their work.