Magic in the air!

Tuesday, 18th September 2012

Today (18th September 2012) a group of lucky children from Glasgow’s Aultmore Park Primary School attended a special workshop at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to launch the second year of the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools.

Over 37,000 young people have taken part since 2004 and thousands more are expected to do so this year, with children responding to themes that relate to Scotland’s national art collection.

One of those categories is “Scary Monsters and Creepy Things” and with that in mind, nine-year-old Lara Horn from Aultmore posed with Kara McLaughlin, a dancer with Scottish Ballet who will next year put on a production of Hansel & Gretel, the ultimate scary show.

Some of the winning artwork will even inspire the production’s artistic director Christopher Hampson in creating a brand new version of this famous production!

John Leighton, Director General at the National Galleries of Scotland said: “In the last two years, and with the support of Tesco Bank, we have been able to extend the competition’s reach and impact across Scotland.

“This has been a very important development for the competition, and one which allows the National Galleries to keep inspiring Scotland’s newest generation of artists.”

Last year Tesco Bank facilitated a new series of National Galleries of Scotland workshops in schools across Scotland, and in 2013 twenty-four workshops are planned to introduce the national collection into classrooms in twelve different schools in Aberdeen, Angus, Glasgow, Moray, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.

Benny Higgins, Tesco Bank chief executive, added:  “Tesco Bank passionately believes in giving young people across the country access to visual art.  Our role along with the National Galleries of Scotland is to continue to expand this fantastic programme to even more young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with the arts in this way.

“We remain proud supporters of this competition which this year will see the roadshow workshops rolled out to more schools across the country in an engaging and interactive way.”

This year’s 53 winning art works are exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery until the 21 October and have already been seen by thousands of visitors over the summer.

Click for more pictures from Aultmore's special day!