A Busby Primary pupil, Clarkston, has been named as one of four highly commended runners up in the John Byrne National Drawing Competition, beating thousands of other entries to be chosen.
Kevin (P7) received the commendation on Friday 18 March from John, who unveiled the winners and runners up at a special exhibition of competition entries at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery to mark the end of the second year of the competition.
John revealed Kevin as one of the three highly commended runners up for their artwork, alongside Rachael Dhanaraj (S3), Harris Academy, Dundee and Sarah McIver (S3), Govan High, Glasgow.
Alba Cooke Ribes (P5) from Hermitage Park Primary, Edinburgh was chosen as the winner of the competition alongside Amy Tucker from Maxwellton Primary, East Kilbride in second place and Georgia Ruddiman, Carmen Neat and Lotte Boon Von Ochsee (S3) from Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen in third place.
James Wheate (S1) from St Ninian’s High, Giffnock, Polly Johnson (P6) from Netherlee Primary, Clarkston and, Larisa Morozova (P7) and Jennifer Addie (P5) from Busby Primary were named as runners up who received a commendation from John for their artwork. 23 other young artists from schools across Scotland were also commended as runners up for their work by the renowned artist and playwright.
John Byrne said: “I’m really pleased to announce Kevin as one of the four highly commended runners up in this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition and I’d like to extend my congratulations to them.
“The runners up were chosen thanks to their inspired use of colour and composition to make some eye-catching artwork that helped their entries stand out against the other competitors.”
“The young people in our country never cease to amaze me with their artistic skills and extraordinary talent, and that has come through in this year’s entries. The standard of work has been fantastic and I hope that the competition has inspired many of the young entrants to continue to enjoy art and draw more.
Kevin said: “I am very excited to have been selected for an award. I love drawing and really enjoyed taking part in the John Byrne competition.”
Bill Maxwell, Education Scotland Chief Executive said: “I’m really pleased to offer my congratulations to Kevin chosen as one of four highly commended runners up of this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition. It’s been another successful year after receiving thousands of competition entries from talented children and young people in schools across the country.
“The competition is a great opportunity for children and young people to tap into their creativity and unleash their artistic talents and showcase their work in front of one of Scotland’s most talented and renowned artists.”
Kevin received a received a specially designed certificate created by John, and their artwork, is on display at the museum as part of a special exhibition. .
The competition aims to raise the profile of drawing and inspire young people from P4 to S3 to get creative. The children and young people were invited to enter artwork of any size and, created in any media.
The judging panel, headed by John, consisted of Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer for Expressive Arts at Education Scotland, Wilma Eaton from Strathclyde University, Lorna Macdonald from Edinburgh City Council, Heather Barclay and Kenny Christie, Development Officers at Education Scotland. The judging took place at Strathclyde University.