15 creative Galway students have been chosen as finalists for the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Western Regional Final, which will see a total of 80 students showcase their couture creations made from rubbish and recycled materials in a performance accompanied to music at The TF Royal in Castlebar on 9 March.
Six of the Galway finalists are from Scoil Bhride Mercy Secondary School, Tuam, where they were mentored by their art teacher Lisa Conboy. Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew have also reached the regional finals with the support of their art teacher Ms Colette Walsh, while three teams from Ardscoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe are through with their designs, with the support of their art teacher Aine Hackett. Glenamaddy Community School have also made it through to the regional finals, helped along the way by their art teacher Helena Cunniffe, along with Presentation College Currylea, Tuam, who were mentored by Johanna Ohora. A team from Colaiste na Coiribe, Galway is also through, mentored by their art teacher Mr Ryan. Teams from St Brigid’s College, Loughrea, helped along by their art teacher Siobhan Tracey, and Colaiste Naomh Eoin, Inis Meain, mentored by their art teacher Mairead O’Flaherty, will also compete in the regional final.
The teams will be competing to earn their place in the grand final in the hope of walking away with the top prize of €2,500 for their school, iPad Minis and €500 cash for the team.
This year’s contestants could also be in with a chance to win a trip to the Royal Film Premiere in London or a scholarship to attend the Limerick School of Art and Design. This year has seen the introduction of two new prizes – the Most Unusual Material Prize and CoderDojo Techno/Wearables Prize.
The Grand Final takes place in the 3 Arena on 14 April for what promises to be a fashion extravaganza.