Third year of Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools launches, in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland, with something “fishy” afoot!

Today (23rd September), the 2014 Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools launched at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

The partnership between Tesco Bank and the National Galleries of Scotland, which encourages young people to pick up a paintbrush and get arty, is now in its third year, with the aim to educate and encourage young people across Scotland, using the national collection of Scottish art as inspiration. In 2013, entries increased by more than 80% on the previous year. Children from every region across Scotland, from Skye to Shetland and Dumfries to Dunfermline entered artwork, which is still on show and wowing crowds at the Scottish National Gallery.

Each year the competition’s six categories are set on a theme of works in the National Galleries’ collection. To launch the competition – and this year’s nursery theme of ‘Fish’ – children from Leith Nursery joined local fishmonger Eddies Seafood Market, Marchmontto learn a little more about our fishy friends. The category is inspired by works by Ann Redpath, William Scott and Colin McPherson.

The Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools was created to inspire young people to use the collection at the National Galleries to respond to their surroundings, tell stories and share their lives through art with a national audience. Tesco Bank’s partnership has helped the National Galleries of Scotland take the competition out of the galleries for the very first time with a series of workshops in schools across Scotland that have limited access to art. In spring 2014 a further series of workshops will take place, introducing the national collection into even more classrooms across the country.

In the meantime, works by all 53 winners of last year’s competition are on show at the Scottish National Gallery until October 27.

John Leighton, Director General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said,

“After the brilliant rise in the number of entries for the 2013 competition, we are excited to see what schoolchildren from across Scotland come up with this year, inspired by works picked out from their national collection. Young people, their teachers and parents will have the opportunity to get excited by some of the art that already hangs on our walls and create their own responses to them.” 

Benny Higgins, Chief Executive of Tesco Bank, added,

“Tesco Bank places great importance in encouraging young people in Scotland to access educational and creative activities. The partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Tesco Bank has allowed this to happen and the incredible rise in competition entries last year shows how successful and desirable the competition is.” 


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