A Hermitage Park Primary School pupil from Edinburgh, has been named in first place of the John Byrne National Drawing Competition, beating thousands of other entries to take the top spot.
Alba Cooke Ribes (P5) received the award on Friday 18 March from John, who unveiled a special exhibition of competition entries at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery to mark the end of the second year of the competition.
John revealed Alba as the winner alongside Amy Tucker (P7) from Maxwellton Primary, East Kilbride in second place and Georgia Ruddiman Carmen Neat Lotte Boon Von Ochsee (S3) from Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen in third place.
Three runners up were highly commended for their artwork including Kevin Lee (P7), Busby Primary, Clarkston, Rachael Dhanaraj (S3), Harris Academy, Dundee and Sarah McIver (S3), Govan High, Glasgow.
John Byrne, said: “I’m really pleased to announce the winners of this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition and I’d like to offer my congratulations to Alba, Amy and Georgia, and all the other entrants who took park.
“The winning artwork was chosen as it initially caught my eye during the judging process then on closer inspection, just blew me away with the young artist’s use of materials, composition and colour, that really helped their entry stand out against the work of other competitors.
“The young people in our country never cease to amaze me with their artistic skills and extraordinary talent, and that has come through in this year’s entries. The standard of work has been fantastic and I hope that the competition has inspired many of the young entrants to continue to enjoy art and draw more.”
Alba said: “I’m feeling very excited and happy. I love Art and in particular enjoy drawing. I’m really excited about meeting John Byrne.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teacher, Miss Watson because she taught us lots of techniques and helped me to improve my work.”
Bill Maxwell, Education Scotland Chief Executive said: “I’m really pleased to offer my congratulations to Alba, Amy and Georgia who have been chosen as the top three winners of this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition. It’s been another successful year after receiving thousands of competition entries from talented children and young people in schools across the country.
“The competition is a great opportunity for children and young people to tap into their creativity and unleash their artistic talents and showcase their work in front of one of Scotland’s most talented and renowned artists.”
Alba received the first prize of a limited edition full colour print by John, a £100 voucher for art materials and a £50 book token. Second and third placed winners each received a limited edition print by John, £50 and £30 voucher for art materials, respectively, and a £25 book token. The 30 runners up received certificates specially designed by John himself.
In addition to the fantastic prizes, the winners’ artwork, as well as entries from 30 runners up, are on display at the museum as part of a special exhibition.
The competition aims to raise the profile of drawing and inspire young people from P4 to S3 to get creative. The children and young people were invited to enter artwork of any size and created in any media.
The judging panel, headed by John, consisted of Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer for Expressive Arts at Education Scotland, Wilma Eaton from Strathclyde University, Lorna Macdonald from Edinburgh City Council, Heather Barclay and Kenny Christie, Development Officers at Education Scotland. The judging took place at Strathclyde University.
The John Byrne National Drawing Competition runners up include:
• James Wheate, S1, St Ninian’s High, East Renfrewshire
• Polly Johnson, P6, Netherlee Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Larisa Morozova, P7, Busby Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Jennifer Addie, P5, Busby Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Corran Ewart, S2, Strathaven Academy, South Lanarkshire
• Andy Muir, S1, Trinity High, South Lanarkshire
• Molly-Ann Cairns, P5/6, Canberra Primary, South Lanarkshire
• Anna McDiarmid, S2, Biggar High, South Lanarkshire
• John Douglas, P5, Tough School, Aberdeenshire
• Ruwayda Rafique, Notre Dame High, Glasgow
• Saira Khalid, S3, Notre Dame High, Glasgow
• Caitlin McIvor, Cedarbank School, West Lothian
• Cameron Hart, Cedarbank School, West Lothian
• Ola Koza, P4, Knightsbridge Primary, West Lothian
• Vicki Fulton, Linlithgow Academy, West Lothian
• Cal Young, Linlithgow Academy, West Lothian
• Douglas Ingles, S1, Inverkeithing High, Fife
• Seonaid Best, Inverkeithing High, Fife
• Michael Crookshanl, S2, Woodmill High, Fife
• Euan Hancock P6, Pitteuchar West Primary, Fife
• Beth Donnachie, S1, Craigmarloch, Inverclyde
• Liza Dixon, P5, Portree Primary, Highland
• Rachel Malcolm, Chryston Primary, North Lanarkshire
• Joseph Ward, St Mary’s School, Scottish Borders
• Evie Jardine, P6, South Morningside Primary, Edinburgh
• Keira Grieve, S3, Tynecastle High, Edinburgh
• Holly Irvine, P6, Aith Junior High, Shetland Islands