Teenager wows judges in art competition

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A PUPIL at Buckhaven High School has been recognised as one of the best young artists in the country.

Despite being pitched against a record-breaking 6000 competitors, Zac Barker’s artwork earned him a special merit in the National Galleries of Scotland Art competition for schools 2011.

And, furthermore, the 15-year-old’s work is now included in a showcase exhibition of the 53 winning entries showing at the prestigious gallery.

Shonagh Barclay, principal teacher for the department for additional support at Buckhaven High, said staff were thrilled by his success.

She said: “This is a wonderful personal achievement for Zak and reflects the good work carried out by the art department here.”

Zac himself took the opportunity to join all the winners at a prizegiving ceremony held at the exhibition venue last Thursday.

Prizes included fabulous art materials for individuals, all-expenses-paid workshops for classes and extra resources for schools.

John Leighton, director general of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: “Many congratulations to all the winners in this year’s competition.

“At the National Galleries of Scotland we are delighted that so many young people are engaging with the national collection in such a positive and creative way.”

The exhibition of 53 winning works will be on show at the Scottish National Gallery until October 19.

The show will tour to other venues in Scotland.