Pupils are art and craft winners

Peter Howson with Rebecca Hannah
Peter Howson with Rebecca Hannah

Pupils from Carrick were winners at the popular annual Maclaurin Art Exhibition.

An enthusiastic crowd of children with their parent and other family members turned up at the Maclaurin Art Gallery on a very wet Saturday afternoon to attend the prizegiving of the Art & Craft from South Ayrshire Schools show.

This year it was the turn of children ranging in age from 4–14, attending nursery, primary and secondary Schools in South Ayrshire.

The competition featured art and craftwork and the competition was judged by the patron of the Maclaurin Gallery, Peter Howson who also presented the prizes.

The major prize, The Maclaurin Award, was won jointly by two pupils from Queen Margaret Academy with their landscapes. Peter not only handed over their prizes, he presented each of them with one of his original drawings, framed and ready to be hung in pride of place in their homes.

Carrick winners included Primary 1C Alloway with ‘Highland Fling’, Sasha McDonald, aged 5, from Girvan Primary with ‘Winter Trees’, Rebecca Hannah aged 7 from Alloway Primary with ‘Notre Dame’ and Oliver Stuart age 8 (P4/5), from Cairn Primary with ‘Oor Wullie’.

Special Merit prizes were awarded to Harry White, aged 5, from Girvan Primary with ‘Katie Bairdie had a Coo’, Eva Rennie, aged 9 from Sacred Heart Primary with ‘Tam’s Witch Race’ and Katie Boyd, aged 11 from Carrick Academy with ‘Self-Portrait’.

Peter judged all the wide range of entries in this year’s exhibition which was open to schools throughout South Ayrshire.

The competition is divided into six categories ranging from pre-school through primary and up to Secondary 1-2-and 3 and features drawing, painting and three-dimensional work.

After completing the judging Peter said of the work: “I am thrilled to see such a level of artistic talent from these pupils. Finding the winners was not an easy task as the level of talent is so high.”

First launched in 1977, the annual art exhibition showcases the creativity of pupils of pre-5, inclusive and primary schools, and the expressive and design work of S1, S2 and S3 in the area’s secondary schools.

The exhobition contains a vibrant and fascinating display of individual and group works, including paintings, drawings and three-dimensional works.

The Maclaurin Awards are presented within six age categories, with one overall award.

Set within the magnificent grounds of Rozelle Park, the Maclaurin Art Gallery offers a rare chance to enjoy a wide range of works from local, national and internationally acclaimed artists.

The impressive mansion house, built in 1760 in the style of Robert Adam was gifted to the Royal Burgh of Ayr in 1968.

A generous bequest of funds from the late Mrs Mary Maclaurin enabled the conversion of the coach house and stables into an art gallery in 1976.