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A Dum­fries pupil has be­come a “school celebrity” after a Scot­tish art gallery bought her prize-win­ning work.

Freya McKune, seven, will re­ceive £75 from Na­tional Gal­leries Scot­land for the orig­i­nal col­lage she sub­mit­ted to the Tesco Bank Art Com­pe­ti­tion for Schools 2017, for which she won sec­ond prize.

The P4 pupil from Lore­burn Pri­mary painted a pi­rate and par­rot and now her work will be ex­hib­ited all over Scot­land.

Her art teacher Lorna McAu­ley, said: “Freya has been re­ally ex­cited by it all and all the other pupils at school are say­ing that she is a ‘fa­mous artists now’. She’s be­come a wee school celebrity. It’s lovely.”

Freya was in P3 when she en­tered the Pirates and Mer­maids cat­e­gory more than a year ago. Her art will fea­ture in Tesco’s 2018 cal­en­dar.

Miss McAu­ley added: “I am very proud of Freya. She is re­ally fo­cused and soaks up any ad­vice she is given.”

Freya’s mas­ter­piece can be viewed at the Grace­field Arts Cen­tre, Dum­fries, from Fe­bru­ary 24 to April 7 next year.

Great paint­ing Freya McKune and and her art teacher Lorna McAu­ley

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