Games inspired artwork sought

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Brechin pupils are being encouraged to showcase their artistic talents to the world by creating Games-inspired artwork for the Athletes’ Village at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The opportunity was announced at the launch of Game On Scotland, the official education programme for the Games on May 1.

Using the Games and its 17 sports as creative inspiration, primary and secondary pupils will be challenged to come up with 6,500 pieces of artwork to decorate bedrooms in the Athletes’ Village where the athletes and officials from across the Commonwealth will be staying.

The winning designs will be gifted to the visitors as a memento of their time in Scotland, and athletes will be encouraged to send a note expressing their personal thanks back to the young artists.

Game On Scotland, which is a partnership between Education Scotland, the Scottish Government, Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council, will use the Commonwealth Games as an inspiring and fun context for learning across the curriculum.

There are also unique opportunities for Scottish schools to engage with the Games, available to all ages.

Angus education spokesperson Sheena Welsh, said: “As a host venue for next summer’s games, the people of Angus are already looking forward to welcoming hundreds of competitors to the county, and it would be fantastic if artwork created by our young people was to welcome athletes when they arrive at their accommodation.

“It’s important that we involve local people and communities in the excitement of the games, and this is an excellent example of the work taking place locally and nationally to engage young people in the event.

Schools can apply only by registering on the Game On Scotland website at www.gameonscotland.org. Competition packs will be issued in August with winning entries announced in early 2014.