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Get a slither-on with the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools!

With just under two weeks until its closing date, the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools today (Friday 22 April) trekked for inspiration into the deepest, darkest depths of the tropical rainforests of…Edinburgh!

A group of intrepid young artists from Wester Coates Nursery visited Edinburgh’s Butterfly and Insect World to draw inspiration for their ‘Creepy Crawlies and Slimy Things’ artwork, which this year is the category for nursery children taking part in the competition that has a fast-approaching closing date of Friday 6th May 2016.

The competition, which is run by the National Galleries of Scotland and supported by Tesco Bank, attracts thousands of entries from children in every area in Scotland each year, with entrants using some of the amazing works in the National Galleries’ collection to kick-start their own ideas.

The brave explorers from Wester Coates Nursery got up-close and personal with some of the centre’s colourful residents - including butterflies, snakes and spiders – all of which were happy to pose for some photos!

Since 2012 the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools has encouraged more than 36,000 young people from nursery age to S3 to submit their work, and every year the top three artists in the competition’s six categories have their entries displayed at the Scottish National Gallery. The range of prizes includes art materials and special workshops for the winners’ schools.  This year the exhibition of winning entries has also been shown at Dumfries Royal Infirmary and the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling.

Young artists have just over two weeks to meet the deadline for the 2016 Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools. The competition is open to every school in Scotland, for pupils from nursery age to S3 and there is still plenty of time for schools to enter before the competition closes on Friday 6th May.

Linda McClelland, Playfair Education Co-ordinator at the National Galleries of Scotland, said:

“Wester Coates Nursery have been a great supporter of our competition and we look forward to receiving a large  envelope containing lots of creepy crawlies and slimy things that the children have created, inspired not only by our wonderful art collection but also their exciting visit to Butterfly World today.”

Chris Newton, Community Manager, Tesco Bank, added:

“We’re pleased to have been able to give the children from Wester Coates Nursery such a wild and memorable experience today as part of the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools. As the children do with the National Galleries collection, we’re keen to provide as much inspiration as possible for the stunning entries we see every year. We’re very impressed with our young explorers today who will hopefully have some great ideas before they submit their entries in a couple of weeks’!”

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Notes to Editors

Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools Themes 2015-16

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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