The experiences of young people during the Covid-19 pandemic was captured by artists who took part in a recent art competition with Lava Javas Youth Café.
The art competition, which focused on the theme or ‘Re-Connectivity,’ proved extremely popular with young people using digital and traditional art forms to capture their experiences.
‘The Lava Javas Youth Committee chose the theme of re-connectivity to push the concept of reconnecting with yourself and others while in lockdown,’ explained Shelly Goggin, Limerick Youth Service.
‘They wanted to see how imaginative their peers could be with their art skills when tying this concept of re-connectivity with what’s happening in their lives at present,’ added Shelly, Lava Javas youth worker.
Faced with the unenviable task of choosing a winner, the youth committee choose entries from Cú Caulwell, Orlaith O’Byrne and Zoe O’Farrell as first, second and third respectively.
Cú drew on a Matrix inspired digital art piece that captured the use of digital technology by people to keep in touch with family and friends.
Orlaith O’Byrne’s entry showed a girl, a tree and a swing with the emotive painting capturing a young girl reconnecting with a past childhood memory.
Zoe O’Farrell’s entry was a drawing of a Nintendo Switch which has helped Zoe and her friends keep in touch and pass the time during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Shelly congratulated and thanked all the young people for taking part in the competition saying ‘we were blown away with the quantity and above all the quality of the artwork.’
Shelly also thanked the youth committee for organising the competition and choosing the winners.
Lava Javas is one of a number of LYS youth cafés that are spaces for young people (14-19yrs) to spend their free time, meet friends and hang out.
A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.