The Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools is run by National Galleries of Scotland, and this year there were over 7,400 entries from all over Scotland. FHS pupil Lucas was awarded a Special Merit Prize in the category ‘Trees’ and was invited to attend a prize-giving ceremony in Edinburgh’s National Gallery on June 14th, when he saw his artwork go on display to the public for the very first time. All prize-winning entries will be 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).
FHS Art Teacher, Mrs. Davie, accompanied Lucas to the Awards Ceremony, which she described as a “very special afternoon”. The director of Tesco Bank Competitions commented that the Art Competition for Schools is an excellent event for nurturing talent and bridging gaps of class, wealth and status, bringing people together in the name of Art.
One of the five judges was Nick Sharrat, the prolific children’s book illustrator, who signed books at the start of the event. Prizes were awarded by competition organizer, Linda McLellan, who made personal observations about each piece that was projected on a huge screen. When Lucas went up to receive his award, she commented on his bold and colourful ‘less is more’ image that persuaded the judges to choose him for a Special Merit in his category this year. Well done, Lucas!