Roll up, Roll up the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools is coming to town
28 September 2015
The Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools 2016 was launched at Corstorphine Primary School in Edinburgh today (28th September), marking the start of this year’s competition with a surprise performance of acrobatics, comedy and giddy heights!
Every year thousands of children from every area in Scotland participate in the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools, taking their inspiration from works in the Galleries’ National Collection.
Helping to celebrate today’s competition launch, and to highlight ‘Circus’ one of this year’s exciting themes, was high-flying circus act Suspended Motion and Primary 3 children from Corstorphine Primary School. The pupils’ usual morning assembly was interrupted by an acrobatic display which will kick-start some artistic inspiration for P1-3 entrants, who will be looking at ‘Circus’ in the work of artists such as Paul Klee and Edwin Lucas.
The Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools has inspired 36,000 young people to use the Galleries’ collections to respond to their surroundings, tell stories and share their lives through art since 2010. The competition is open to children in Nursery school to S3. Each category has a different theme and prizes include work being exhibited at the National Gallery, art materials, vouchers and workshops for schools.
An exhibition of the winning works has wowed crowds at the Scottish National Gallery this summer and it will now head out on tour, first showing at Dumfries Royal Infirmary, before moving to the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling in March 2016.
John Leighton, Director General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said:
"Over the last four years, the partnership between Tesco Bank and the National Galleries of Scotland has enabled this wonderful competition to really flourish and grow.
"This year, we hope that even more children will take a fresh look at and be inspired by some of the great treasures in our collection. The results are always amazing and the talent that we see is an inspiration to us in turn."
Adele Mills, Senior Community Investment Manager, Tesco Bank, added:
"We want to inspire children who engage in our initiatives, like the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools, and that is what today has been about. Our overall Community programme is all about children building their confidence and being able to express themselves, and I hope today’s exciting performance will encourage children across the country to enter this year’s Competition."
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Notes to Editors
Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools Themes
Category A: Nursery – Creepy Crawlies and Slimy Things
Category B: P1-3 – Circus
Category C: P4-7 – Horse
Category D: S1-3 – Darkness and Light
Category E: Special Schools – Trees
Category F: Group Entries – Any of the above
For full details of the competition https://www.nationalgalleries.org/education/tesco-bank-art-competition-for-schools/
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