2015 Glasgow Museums Annual Art Competition
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2015 Glasgow Museums Annual Art Competition

The winners of the 2015 Glasgow Museums Annual Art Competition for schools have been announced. 
On 8th October, Jane Rowlands, Senior Museums Manager of Glasgow Museums, opened a special evening prize giving at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for the winning pupils.
Established in 1904, Glasgow Museums Annual Art Competition is a drawing competition for children aged 3 - 18. For 111 years the competition has attracted entries from across the city, and this year is no exception - with over 1,500 entries the competition is still going strong.  In addition to the school groups who enter, children can also come along at the weekend and take part on an individual basis.
60 pupils were awarded either a gold, silver or bronze medal at the ceremony. As each name was announced, the audience had the opportunity to see the pupil’s winning artwork projected onto a large screen.
On receiving an award, Mariko Twaddle formerly of Ellie Street Nursery and now P1 at Hillhead Primary, said: "I love drawing, I like sitting on the gallery floor drawing the best and I like pictures with lots of detail. I love my shiny medal. I am an artist!”
Gabrielle McGown, a S4 pupil at Duncanrig Secondary, won a medal for the second year in a row, despite thousands of entries and a new panel of judges for 2015. Delighted with her second award Gabrielle said: “This amazing experience of winning an award two years in a row will give me opportunities for my future.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Since 1904 the Glasgow Museums Annual Art Competition has encouraged thousands of young people to come to Glasgow’s museums, pick up pencil and paper and draw. It is encouraging that, after 111 years, the competition continues to be met with such enthusiasm. The drawings submitted are always a delight to behold.
“Every year schools from Glasgow, and beyond, are invited to visit our museums and enter the competition; this allows us to connect with schools and encourage young people, from nursery to secondary school age, to discover museums and the magnificent objects and artworks within. Congratulations to our wonderful winners, and thank you to every young person who took part.”
Entrants have three hours in which to complete a drawing or painting using any medium; the art works are then judged within age bands. This year’s entries were judged by illustrator Jon Bishop, Glasgow Museum’s curator of British Art Jo Meacock, and architect Paul Stallon.  They spend a whole day in June looking through all the entries and selecting those which they felt stood out from the rest.
Competition judge, Jon Bishop said of this year’s selection of entries: “I am delighted to have taken part on the judging panel for this year’s Annual Art Competition. The work on show from all age groups was incredibly varied and I left Kelvingrove Museum feeling creatively rejuvenated and having the urge to grab my sketchbook and get experimenting.
“There are some truly beautiful pieces of work on show, everyone who took part should be very proud of their efforts and a huge congratulations to those who were awarded in their respective categories.”
The competition and prize giving is kindly supported each year by the Friend of Glasgow Museums.
The winning artworks can be seen in a small display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from 8th October until 26th October.
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