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Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools Welcomes Winners!

Children from across Scotland gathered at National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh for this year’s Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools Prize Giving ceremony.

And yesterday, one lucky winner, Isaac Thomson (9) from Edinburgh, said ‘howdy!’ to a very special surprise.

In celebration of the ‘Horse’ theme for entrants in this year’s Primary 4-7 group, cowboy-for-the-day Isaac was greeted outside his school, Hermitage Park Primary, before saddling up on his very own steed and moseying out to the frontier of Morningside.

Springvalley Gardens in the Capital famously emulates a street in the Wild West, and Isaac was surprised and delighted to arrive and see that elements of his artwork had been made to replicate his fantastic, cactus-strewn masterpiece.

Each year, the art competition, which is run by the National Galleries of Scotland and supported by Tesco Bank, attracts entries from children in every area in Scotland, with some of the amazing works in the National Galleries’ collection specially chosen to provide inspiration.

This year there were more than 7,500 entries, ensuring a difficult judging process for the panel.  

Fifty-three winning young artists were commended in their respective categories at the special awards ceremony at the Scottish National Gallery, where they also saw their artwork go on display to the public for the very first time. All prize-winning entries will remain on show at the Gallery until 27 October 2016, before being displayed at Borders General Hospital, Melrose (1 November 2016–26 February 2017) and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (3 March–27 April 2017).

In addition, schools are benefitting from funded special artist-led workshops and a grant to help supply art materials to schools in most need.

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

"This is the most exciting time in the competition – even more exciting that seeing all of the entries coming together at the judging stage.  It’s wonderful to watch the reaction of the children and their families as they see for the first time their prize-winning pictures hanging at the Scottish National Gallery.  As ever, the standard of works on show is very, very high – the talent and imagination of our young artists never fails to amaze me."

Adele Mills, Senior Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank, added:

"It was a joy to share the fun with Isaac yesterday as we brought his artwork to life. And there have been plenty more smiles at today’s fantastic prize giving ceremony at the National Gallery in Edinburgh.  We are committed to giving children opportunities to express their creativity, and on behalf of Tesco Bank I’d like to congratulate all 53 winners of the Competition and to thank the thousands of other children who entered and made the judging process so difficult. Everyone really is a winner."


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Notes to Editors

As part of Tesco, we recognise the importance of building trust with the communities in which we serve customers. We do this by creating opportunities for young people, supporting local communities and encouraging healthy choices.

That’s why, each year, our Community Programme provides inspirational opportunities for 70,000 children by building skills and confidence and encouraging positive habits – helping them lead happier, healthier lives.

Over the last five years, we’ve helped raise £1.55million for charities and our employees have volunteered over 23,000 hours of their time to help good causes in their local communities.

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 four years in which over 45,000 works of art have been entered.

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

Tesco Bank’s partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland has seen children benefit from wider access to visual art through a range of exciting new initiatives this year, including roadshow events that took the competition out to classrooms across the country.

About Us:

Tesco Bank’s goal is to make banking and insurance easier and better value for people who shop at Tesco. We’ve been around since 1997 and today we help more than 5 million customers manage their money every day. Our 4,000 colleagues serve our customers seven days a week from our three main centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, and we are also available through online and mobile banking 24/7. Tesco Bank participates in the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board.

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