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The Art Club at Sullivan Upper have been enjoying great success in recent weeks with our talented students from years 8 and 9 gaining recognition in Art & Design competitions at a national level!

National Final of ERP Junk Kouture

In the Autumn term, Art Club entered the ERP Junk Kouture competition in which students from across Ireland are asked to create exciting catwalk fashion pieces using only waste and recycled materials –

Seven groups from Sullivan entered their fantastic eco-friendly creations and of these three were selected to appear live on the catwalk at the Regional Final of the competition, held at the Europa Hotel Belfast in March this year.

The models put on a superb show and one group, ‘Kimono Junk’ (designed by Year 9 students Katie Russell, Emily Boyd and Katie Ireland), was chosen to go through to the All Ireland Grand Final held at Citywest Hotel in Dublin on Friday 20th April.

The girls were the youngest to appear in the final show and Katie Russell got tremendous support from the crowd as she strutted her stuff on the catwalk! The winner was a Lady Data who appeared live on The Late Late Show that evening.

The groups had a fantastic time taking part and are full of inspiration and ideas for next year’s competition!

The qualifying groups talk about their designs and ideas below:NATIONAL FINALIST : Kimono Junk – Katie Russell (model), Emily Boyd, Katie Ireland

“Inspired by Japanese kimonos, we made the bodice out of old wallpaper which we painted. The skirt is made of woven seat belts and we have also used scrap fabrics and bottle tops. Our piece mixes the old with the new, and urban style with Japanese design. We hope to make people think about reusing materials.”

REGIONAL FINALIST : Ginja Ninja – Christian Green (model), Dylan Jones, James Stewart

“Our suit is inspired by armour and was made by combining cardboard, scrap paper, old sweet wrappers, tin cans, seat belts and plastic bottles together. We think we have found a creative way to make a life size action hero out of everyday rubbish!”

REGIONAL FINALIST : All Tied Up – Catherine McLean (model), Maggie Gillies, Nia McNally

“We gathered up lots of old ties that were going to waste, a colourful selection of waste

materials and some imagination to create our recycled outfit.”


 Gillies Runner-Up in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition

Art Club members also submitted original artworks to the prestigious Texaco Children’s Art competition, now in its 58thyear. This competition attracted over 26,000 entries this year and Maggie Gillies in Year 8 did exceptionally well to be selected as a Runner-Up in the 12-13 years category. Her work can be seen on the website

and will be exhibited nationally in the touring Texaco Children’s Art exhibition (Ulster Museum Nov 2012-Jan 2013).

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