Catherine’s recycled art award

Ballymoney student Catherine Torrens this week had the honour of showcasing her creativity and imagination in the historic surroundings of Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Catherine’s winning artwork, along with six other unique pieces of recycled art on display, is the results of months of hard work by pupils to highlight how valuable a resource waste is and to compete in the RiverRidge Recycling Make Art Not Waste competition.

The final of the competition, which took place in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings, saw Catherine from Dalriada School claim the top prize of an iPad for her art entitled ‘Tea Party’.

The Make Art Not Waste competition is designed to highlight the importance of recycling and ensure that future generations understand the value of waste as a resource.

The competition, along with media partner Sustainable Ireland and the Rethink Waste campaign, saw pupils from Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady, Londonderry, Magherafelt and Moyle council areas take part.

The local finalists were, Stewart Thomson from Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt Council; Julia Chybowska from Coleraine High School, Coleraine Council; Leah Millar from Slemish College, Ballymena Council; Michaela McCloskey from St Patrick’s College, Limavady Council; Lee Curran from Cross and Passion College, Moyle Council; Catherine Torrens from Dalriada School, Ballymoney Borough Council and Leanne Ramsey from Foyle College, Derry City Council and they will be entered for the Sustainable Ireland Awards 2013 – Most Inspiring Environmental Project by Young Person which will be held in September. Each of the winners received £70 for themselves and each winner’s school received £500 from RiverRidge Recycling.