Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools ready for take-off at Glasgow Airport

Pupils from Wallace Primary School in Elderslie, were flying high at Glasgow Airport today (Tuesday 24th February 2015) to help promote the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools.

Run by the National Galleries of Scotland in partnership with Tesco Bank, every year thousands of children get on board for the competition, taking their inspiration from works in the Galleries’ collections and letting their imagination soar.

Children from the Renfrewshire Primary School were helping to promote the “Flight” category at their local airport, which is open to pupils in primary 4-7 across Scotland’s schools. This is one of a number of categories open to pupils from nursery to S2, as well as schools for children with special educational needs.

This theme uses three pieces of work from the national collection, Saint Bride (1913) by John Duncan, Francisco de Goya's Where there’s a will there’s a way (1819-1823), and Andy Warhol's Hot Air Balloon (1958) to help children explore creative ideas and respond accordingly.

And with expert teaching resources linking into the Curriculum for Excellence there’s also no need for teachers to “wing it” in participating in the competition!

Wallace Primary School pupils, like others across the country are benefiting from workshops with National Gallery of Scotland artists. Workshops are scheduled during February for primary schools in Inverness, Elgin, Paisley, Montrose, Cardross and Greenock. As part of this process hundreds of teachers will also be able to participate in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions.


A new grant fund to help supply art materials to schools has also been developed for schools who would benefit from additional support, this year and is proving popular.

Last year there were entries from every local authority in Scotland - from Inverness to Annan, and Portree to Gullane – and an exhibition of the winning works wowed crowds at the Scottish National Gallery this summer. The work is now on display at the Paisley Museum and Arts Centre.

This year’s winning works will be revealed on 17th June when the work goes on display at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

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

"Over the past three years the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools roadshows have been an excellent way for us to take the work we do at the National Galleries of Scotland out to children and teachers all across the country.  We are delighted to see so many children interacting with and being inspired by their very own national collection, and through our partnership with Tesco Bank we hope to see this reach continue to widen out even further across Scotland."

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

"We know how important the expressive arts are to children’s development and that’s why we’re working with the National Galleries of Scotland to take our roadshows into communities all over Scotland. The “Flight” category is a particularly engaging theme and we’re grateful to Glasgow Airport for giving children from their local community an inspiring time here today."


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Notes to Editors: 

Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools:

The 2014 exhibition toured at the following venues:

  • Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 1 November – 28 January 2015
  • Paisley Museum and Arts Centre 17 February – April 2015

Over 25,000 children have now participated in the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools since Tesco Bank and the National Galleries of Scotland entered into a partnership in 2011.

This year’s themes are:

o    Category A, Nursery - Theme ‘Shoes

o    Category B, Primary 1-3 - Theme ‘Fabulous Food’

o    Category C, Primary 4-7 - Theme ‘Flight’

o    Category D, S1-S2 - Theme ‘Shelter’

o    Category E, Special Education Schools - Theme ‘Wind’

o    Category F, Group Entry - Any Theme

For more information (including application forms, and details of school workshops and art material grants visit: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/education/competitions-3740/tesco-bank-art-competition-for-schools-2014

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