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Student artist in award hat-trick

By Paul Ainsworth

A SOUTH Belfast student has scooped a prestigious award for her art coursework, which is on display at the Ulster Museum.

Former Aquinas pupil Roisin Tinneny, who now studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, has totalled an impressive three awards for her A-Level work, and recently received the “Most Promising” award from the Association of Art and Design Education.

Gifted Roisin’s coursework was already declared the joint best by exam board CCEA, while the Arts Society of Ulster offered her an official Highly Commended certificate.

The work that landed her the latest plaudit was an exploration of the demise of the human body, comprising of a painted and sewn portrait of west Belfast priest, the late Fr Paddy O’Donnell.

Titled ‘The Disappearing Portrait’, the work is on display in the Ulster Museum as part of the CCEA’s True Colours exhibition, showcasing the best A-Level work from across the North.

Speaking of her latest recognition, Roisin said: “I’m delighted to receive such an accolade, it’s very special and means a lot to me. I must also give credit to the high quality of teaching in Aquinas’ Art Department, as they encouraged my skills from Year 8.”

Aquinas Art teacher Patricia Cunningham added: “We’re all very proud of Roisin, she’s a terrific student whose creativity, talent and dedication are exceptional. Her concepts are sensitively developed into original final pieces of first-class quality.”


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