Last call for Tesco art competition

The deadline for the Tesco Bant Ark Competition is May 3

The deadline for the Tesco Bant Ark Competition is May 3

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Tesco Bank and the National Galleries of Scotland issued a final call for entries to the 2013 Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools, with schools in Brechin already entering pupils’ work in great numbers.

The competition couldn’t be easier to enter, all schools need to do is pop to nationalgalleries.org download the relevant category for your child/class and get painting!

The deadline for submission is May 3.

The 2013 Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools invites children and young people from nursery age to S2 from schools across Scotland to enter artworks on a series of themes that relate to Scotland’s national art collection.

The National Galleries of Scotland’s 10th competition has six categories for children to enter, with art submitted from every local authority in Scotland. The categories this year are as follows:-

u Category A (Nursery) – Let’s Play.

u Category B (P1-3) – Dogs.

u Category C (P4-7) – Scary Monsters and Creepy Things.

u Category D (S1-S2) – See it, frame it, draw it!

u Category E (Special Educational Needs Schools) – Water, Water Everywhere.

A judging panel including a range of art experts will decide on the winning entries in each category, with 53 being selected in total.

The winning entries will then be displayed at the Scottish national Gallery from June to October 2013 before a tour of the work.

Prizes, which include art materials for individuals, all expenses paid workshops for classes and educational resources for schools will be awarded at a grand finale Prize giving in June 2013.

Last year alone, more than 6,000 children submitted their artwork to the competition and they hope that this year will see entries exceeding 40,000 since the competition began.

The Art Competition for Schools was created to inspire young people to use the collection at the National Galleries to respond to their surroundings, tell stories and develop their own visual and practical art skills.

Works from the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection at the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Scottish National Portrait Gallery will be used to inspire young artists, including works from Jeff Koons’ Winter Bears (category Let’s Play), FCB Cadell’s The Blue Fan (See It, Frame It, Draw It) and Andy Warhol’s Skulls (Scary Monsters and Creepy Things category).

For the first time this year, some of the competition winners will see their ideas translate to a new dramatic setting. Scottish Ballet’s 2013 festive production of Hansel and Gretel brings the Galleries and Scottish Ballet together as part of a ground breaking collaborative project - Hansel and Gretel, and Me.

Selected artworks from the competition entrants will inspire Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson as he creates the world premiere of this brand new production.

Linda McLelland, Playfair Education Coordinator at the National Galleries of Scotland said: “There have already been some wonderful entries from across the country.

“It’s great to see schools in Brechin getting excited about art and getting their inspiration from works in the National Collection.”

This is the second year Tesco Bank has partnered with the National Galleries of Scotland to support this competition.

Adele Mills, community investment manager, Tesco Bank, added: “The competition has been a huge success so far, and we are looking forward to seeing the fantastic work. If it is as good as last year we’re in for a treat.”