Mayo sisters under This Is Art! winners

The Billington sisters.

TWO Mayo sisters have been named among the winners in the RTÉ and Creative Ireland program This Is Art! national competition, which celebrates young artists of all levels.

Lottie and Rosie Billington of Westport won the group category for their entry ‘Surf On Turf’.

Under the theme ‘This Is Extraordinary’, nearly 2,000 entries were received from young artists aged 18 and under who have created an original work of art that will be showcased in an online art gallery for generations to come. Thus, the competition promotes the artistic practice of young people and encourages and supports creativity, originality and self-expression.

Selected works will also be featured on billboards across the country and on social media as part of a campaign by the Creative Ireland Program and RTÉ.

Lottie and Rosie created their Surf on Turf collage using materials found in their uncle’s shed and yard. They drew a rough idea on paper and then transferred the idea in three dimensions, using grass as the canvas.

They explained: “We love to make crazy things out of art, so it’s really exciting that we won, we were stunned, so excited about it.

“Art can be anything, it doesn’t have to be paint or what we’ve done in the garden. There are many forms of art and you can use anything for art, it doesn’t have to be real, it can be abstract.”

Judge Amanda Coogan (visual artist) said of their work: “Lottie and Rosie, I love your piece. What a brilliant collaboration; make such a nice piece together!

“I admire how you have turned a drawing on paper into a three-dimensional lifelike sculpture. That you have used everyday objects and transformed them into art and that you both act in the play too! Your uncle’s barn is a treasure trove and garlands are magical!

“Congratulations and I hope you continue to make more great collaborations.”

The girls tell about their submission here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Te7CC4lUZ8

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