Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Children’s art exhibition comes to Ayr
For the first time, the winning artwork of talented children and young people across Scotland, including talented artists from South Ayrshire Council schools, is now on display in the Beanscene, Alloway Place, Ayr until 30 May 2014.
[Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder (third from left) opened the exhibition and is pictured with winners and guests.]
The annual ‘Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools’ is run in partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland and uses artwork from the national collection as a stimulus for creating new original pieces. It is fantastic to see how young people, inspired by a common theme create new and original artwork which is unique and engaging. This exhibition, selected from over 11,200 entries, highlights the very best artwork from our young people and shows the different artistic techniques and ideas used in each piece.
Another first for us is that a team of talented youngsters from Girvan Academy Robyn McGeorge, Becca Patterson and Tania McTaggart were awarded first place in the Group Category. Inspired by the theme of dogs, the team used technology to create a series of colourful patchwork pieces which are vibrant and eye catching.
[Pictured: Girvan Academy trio Robyn McGeorge, Becca Patterson and Tania McTaggart were awarded first place in the Group Category. They are pictured here with South Ayrshire Councillor Alec Oattes, from the Girvan and South Carrick ward. Inspired by the theme of dogs, the team used technology to create a series of colourful patchwork pieces which are vibrant and eye catching.]
The team were overjoyed to discover they had won this prestigious national award. They said: “We are delighted that our pieces have received first place, at first we couldn’t quite believe it. Going along to the National Galleries at The Mound in Edinburgh to receive our award and seeing our artwork displayed in the gallery there was such an honour. It is just amazing that our artwork is on display for everyone to see, and now that it is coming to Ayr we are really excited to be able to see it again as part of the exhibition and share it with the people of South Ayrshire.”
The competition also recognised children whose artwork is worthy of Special Merit and Anna Hunter from Kingcase Primary School in Prestwick was one of a handful of children across the country to be recognised in this way. Anna used a combination of colour wash and line drawing to depict her piece of a dog out for a walk. Anna said: “I really enjoy doing art and it is nice to share it with people so that they can enjoy it too.”
[Pictured: The competition recognised a small number of children whose artwork was worthy of Special Merit, and Anna Hunter from Kingcase Primary School in Prestwick was one of a handful of children across the country to be recognised in this way.]
Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council who opened the exhibition said: “The artwork is outstanding and it shows what talented young people we have in our schools.
“To be placed in a national art competition is a great achievement. However, I think that having it exhibited at the National Galleries and then coming to your home area of South Ayrshire is magical.
“I would encourage everyone to go along and have a look at the exhibition, enjoy the colours, the shapes and the way that our artistically talented young people have created outstanding works.
“It is wonderful that Curriculum for Excellence gives us an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and showcase the specialist talents of young people. Taking part in artistic and cultural activities is an integral part of what makes us well-rounded people. I particularly enjoyed chatting with the youngsters and seeing first-hand the confidence this opportunity has given them, they are a real inspiration to us all”
Tesco Bank have sponsored a series of art workshops for young people and teaching staff across the country.
Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank said: “Tesco Bank uses its scale for good in the communities we operate by helping to provide meaningful opportunities for children and young people. We are delighted to bring the Tesco Bank Art Competition Exhibition to South Ayrshire so that many more people have the opportunity to enjoy the winning artwork which has been created by some of the country’s most talented young artists, including those from Girvan Academy and Kingcase Primary School.”
Linda McClelland, Playfair Education Co-ordinator at the National Galleries said: “Every year it is super to see the diversity of artwork created by young people from across Scotland. Last year over 750 entries were received from youngsters in South Ayrshire which we were really delighted about. We are heading into our 11th Year of our National Art Competition and I would like to say it’s not too late to become involved. Entries for this year’s competition close on Friday 2 May 2014 at 4pm and I am eagerly anticipating opening the mail to see what our talented young artists come up with.”
Ross Mackenzie, Operations Manager at Beanscene said: “We are really delighted to be able to collaborate with Tesco Bank and the National Galleries to host this fantastic exhibition Our Ayr Coffee House is such a great space and we are looking forward to having the artwork on display for people to enjoy, especially the pieces created by our local youngsters.”
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