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Children celebrate success in Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools at the Scottish National Gallery

Today (Wednesday 18 June) children from across Scotland will gather at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh to celebrate winning the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools.

The judges were kept busy as talented youngsters from schools across all 32 Scottish local authorities submitted a grand total of 7,171 entries.

At the special awards ceremony the winning young artists will be commended in their respective categories, and see their artwork go on display to the public for the very first time. All 53 prize-winning entries will remain on show at the Gallery until 28 October 2014, before touring across Scotland.

The competition was set up by the National Galleries of Scotland in 2004 to encourage children to interact with, and be inspired by, artworks in the national collection. Tesco Bank has proudly supported the competition for the last three years.

Every year a selection of works in the National Galleries’ collection is chosen to inspire entrants in each of the six age categories. 

In celebration of the theme for this year’s Primary 1-3 group ‘Drumming Soldiers and Fluttering Fairies’, children at the awards ceremony today had a chance to meet a ballet dancer Claire Pentony in fairy costume and Fusilier McEntee from the Royal Regiment of Scotland in full dress uniform.

These special guests were available for a photo-opportunity with four of winners from this category: Katherine Bruce, Portree Primary School (Highland Council), Megan McVey, Sanquar Primary School (Dumfries and Galloway Council), Aaron Maclarty, Easdale Primary School (Argyle and Bute Council) and Joel Lyth, McLean Primary School (Fife Council).

This category was partly inspired by the striking image Piper and Drummer of the 92ndGordon Highlander by the great Scottish pioneers of photography, D O Hill and Robert Adamson, as well as Sir Joseph Noel Paton’s celebrated painting The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania

Thanks to Tesco Bank’s support the Galleries has been able to hold a series of roadshows across Scotland, which have helped the competition to grow enormously in the last three years. Of the 54,000 entries in the competition’s 11-year history nearly 25,000 have been submitted since Tesco Bank became the competition partner in 2011.

John Leighton, Director-General, National Galleries of Scotland, commented, 

"We continue to be impressed by the wonderful selection of entries to the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools – a real indication of the immense creative talent to be found in young people all across Scotland. In our eleventh year we were delighted to once again receive entries for all 32 council areas from across the country. It is so important to us that this competition reaches as many young people as possible, giving them – and their teachers - an opportunity to discover and experiment with art, inspired by their surroundings and their very own national collection."

Karl Bedlow, Managing Director, Insurance at Tesco Bank, who was involved in this year’s judging panels said, 

"It was a great pleasure to see so many wonderful entries from across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how much enthusiasm there is for the magic of visual art. At Tesco Bank we strive to support the communities in which we operate by using our scale for good. That means providing valuable opportunities to help customers and their families live healthier and happier."


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