Over 1000 Fife pupils take part in St Andrews University art competition

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Over a thousand young artists from Fife entered their artwork into the University’s annual competition – the largest number in its 10 year history.

And Lawhead Primary’s Evie Young took first prize in the Primary 1 to Primary 3 category where she was one of 36 children who was presented with a medal and certificate at a special ceremony in Parliament Hall in St Andrews.

During the ceremony Professor Derek Woollins, Vice-Principal for Research at the University of St Andrews, congratulated the schools for the extraordinary quality and imagination of their pupils’ work.

Susan Stewart, headteacher praised the competition and Evie’s success. She said: “It’s about working with the community that you are part of and engaging with the University which helps the children to look at wider life as well as development of their art skills.

“And for Evie it is an opportunity to be able to celebrate the a quiet wee girl and for her to be recognised in this way is great.”

Taking third place in the same category was Roksana Wawer, P3, and second for Holly Bartlett, P7 both from Greyfriars R.C. Primary School.

The MUSA Young Artist Award aims to use the historic and artistic collections in the care of the University of St Andrews to inspire creativity and boost confidence among pupils.

Matt Sheard, learning & access curator said: “This is the tenth anniversary of the MUSA Young Artist Award and it’s been fantastic to see the competition grow. We’ve worked with nearly 8,000 children, received over 5,400 competition entries and have awarded prizes to over 300 talented young people.

“The quality of the entries we saw this year has been incredible and it speaks volumes of the talents of the winners that they stand out against over a thousand competitors.”