A record number of pupils from nurseries, primary and secondary schools have entered Renfrewshire’s annual Inspired Art Competition.
Now 130 of almost 1000 entries – that include drawings, paintings and sculptures – will go on display in a free exhibition, at Paisley Museum, from January 20 to April 15.
Three talented pupils have had their artworks chosen to be turned into posters promoting the exhibition. They are Beth Gilkison, 15, from Castlehead High School; Nathan Shankland, 16, from Mary Russell School and Castlehead High, along with five-year-old Niamh McKniff, from St Fergus Primary.
The exhibition aims to showcase the development of young people’s art and design work from three and four year olds, to the more sophisticated pieces, which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupils’ portfolios for national qualifications.
The competition is organised by Renfrewshire Leisure, whose chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “The judges had a very difficult decision due to the extremely high quality of artwork entries this year. The variety of artworks on display is fantastic and I would encourage everyone to come along to the museum and see for themselves.”
Organisers of the Inspired Exhibition are also working in partnership with The National Gallery of Scotland as after the exhibition closes, much of the work featured will be sent for consideration in their National Tesco Bank Art Competition.
And some of the youngsters’ artwork will also feature in the Renfrewshire Schools 2019 Calendar.