Success is a fine art for New Lanark pupils

Success...New Lanark Primary School pupil Ana Stewart pictured with artist John Byrne (Submitted pic)
Success...New Lanark Primary School pupil Ana Stewart pictured with artist John Byrne (Submitted pic)

NEW Lanark Primary School P7 pupils Ana Stewart and Keira Lee Donaghy finished second and third respectively at a prestigious art competition in Paisley Museum and Art Gallery.

The Clydesdale pair wowed John Byrne National Drawing Competition judges at an event contested by children from schools across Scotland.

Ana and Keira Lee were delighted when their names were read out as being top three finishers by the artist.

John said: “I was really impressed by the overall standard of work we received.

“The winners’ bold composition and use of materials helped them really stand out.”

Education Scotland chief executive Bill Maxwell said: “The competition has been a big success.

“It’s great to see so many entries from schools right across Scotland showcasing the drawing talents of our children and young people.

“Scotland is well-known for its rich artistic and cultural heritage so it’s really encouraging to see nearly 3000 enter the competition.”

Ana won a limited edition black and white print of Lost and Hungry by John and a £50 book token. Keira took home a £50 voucher for art materials for her third place.

The winners’ artwork, as well as entries from 30 runners-up, will be on display at the museum as part of a special exhibition alongside a selection of John’s artwork from the museum, that will run until the end of April.

The aim of the competition was to raise the profile of drawing in the curriculum and encourage young artists in P4 to S3 to give free rein to their imagination.

They were invited to enter artwork of any size, created in any media, on the condition that they must clearly be identified as ‘drawings’. A suggested theme for the young artists to use as inspiration was A Day in My Life.