Lily scoops na­tional art award

Suc­cess for St John’s pupil

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS - Shirley Bar­tynek

A bud­ding young artist from a Hamil­ton pri­mary school has picked up a top award in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Thou­sands of young artists from across Scot­land took part in this year’s John Byrne Na­tional Draw­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

Lily Miller, a pri­mary seven pupil at St John’s Pri­mary School, was cho­sen as a run­ner-up in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

John Byrne said: “The ta­lent this year has once again been out­stand­ing, mak­ing my job as a judge very dif­fi­cult.

“I’m en­cour­aged by the stan­dard of all the art­work sub­mit­ted and I hope pupils across Scot­land will con­tinue to har­ness their artis­tic skills and love for draw­ing.”

The com­pe­ti­tion, which is run in part­ner­ship with Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land, is open to all pupils from pri­mary four through to third year.

The award ceremony took place at Pais­ley Mu­seum and Art Gallery, where a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion of com­pe­ti­tion en­tries are on dis­play un­til Sun­day, April 29.

The renowned artist and play­wright, John Byrne, revealed Seon­aid Best from In­verkei­thing High School in Fife as the over­all winner of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Sec­ond place was awarded to Zak Wilkie from Parkhill Sec­ondary School in Glas­gow and Astrid Fraser from Avoch Pri­mary School in Highland was awarded third place.

John and the judges se­lected 30 young artists as run­ners-up and they each re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate spe­cially de­signed by John.

Gayle Gor­man, Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the win­ners and those who took part.”

Pre­sen­ta­tion time Lily Miller is pic­tured with John Byrne

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