Recipe for success for Tesco Bank Art Competition!

Today (Wednesday 17 June) children from across Scotland gathered at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh to celebrate their success in this year’s Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools.

Judges were kept busy as talented youngsters from schools across Scotland submitted over 7,000 entries.

One very lucky winner, Annabel Wilson (6) from Dumfries, received a very special surprise.

In celebration of the theme for this year’s Primary 1-3 group ‘Fabulous Food!’ a chocolate cake lit up with candles, replicating Annabel’s own winning work was constructed and presented to the talented young artist.

This category was partly inspired by the striking image Le Dejeuner (The Lunch) 1935 by Spanish painter Francisco Bores.

At the special awards ceremony 53 winning young artists were commended in their respective categories, and 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 2015, before touring across Scotland.

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 38,000 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.

In addition, thirty two schools are benefitting from newly funded special artist-led workshops and a new grant fund programme to help supply art materials to schools where they would benefit from such support.

John Leighton, Director General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said,

“Once again we have been greatly impressed by the quality of work submitted from all over the country, and would like give to all of our winners a very big cheer. We hope that they have all had lots of fun entering the competition and learning about their own national collection – and of course we are delighted to be able to show their fabulous works of art in the National Galleries of Scotland this summer.”

Karl Bedlow, Managing Director Insurance at Tesco Bank, added, 

“At Tesco Bank we enjoy the support of the communities we serve and that’s why we’re keen to give back. Each year our grassroots community programme builds skills and confidence and encourages positive habits, helping more than 70,000 children lead healthier, happier lives. We’re committed to widening accessibility and supporting opportunities which create lasting memories for children like Annabel.”   


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