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Fantastic creatures take over Gateway Gallery

Nathan Kermode - S4 Madras College

Nathan Kermode – S4 Madras College

A record number of children from all around Fife have taken part in the 2012 MUSA Young Artist Award, an annual art contest run by the University of St Andrews.

Paintings and drawings of crocodiles, octopuses, and a spiny anteater were amongst the 30 winning entries which will go on display in the Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews from 2 June to 25 August 2012.

Now in its sixth year, the creative collaboration between the University of St Andrews’ museum (MUSA) and local schools, asked children to explore the theme of ‘Fantastic Creatures’. The University’s Edwardian natural history collection, housed in the Bell Pettigrew Museum, provided a source of inspiration.

A total of 682 entries were submitted (up from 421 last year) and 865 pupils (up from 588 last year) from schools across Fife took part in educational workshops with museum staff. This makes the 2012 Award the most popular year, with the number of participants having nearly doubled, and a 62 per cent increase in artworks created.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges including Annette Carruthers (Senior Lecturer in Art History and Museum & Gallery Studies), Dr Martin Milner (Senior Lecturer in Biology and Curator of the Bell Pettigrew Museum) and local artist Kevin Blackwell.

Awards were made in six categories:

  • Nurseries
  • Primary 1 to Primary 3
  • Primary 4 to Primary 5
  • Primary 6 to Primary 7
  • S1 to S3
  • Special Education Schools/Units

Entries were judged on originality and creativity, confident handling of materials, boldness and impact and an obvious link to the University collections.

The judges were impressed by the standard of all of the artworks and awarded Special Merits to 12 additional pupils.

Dr Martin Milner, Curator of the Bell Pettigrew Museum said: “We were very pleased to see such a substantial number of very high quality entries, which made the job of assessing them both enjoyable and challenging.”

The Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History, with a collection of 8,200 specimens, is currently celebrating its centenary as part of the University’s continuing 600th Anniversary celebrations.

Rebecca Phin - S3 Madras College

Rebecca Phin – S3 Madras College

Eliot McEwan Short - age 5, Lawhead Primary School

Eliot McEwan Short – age 5, Lawhead Primary School

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Notes to News Editors

The MUSA Young Artist Award is organised by the University of St Andrews Museum Collections Unit. It aims to recognise and support creativity in schools.

The Gateway Galleries are open from 09.00-17.00 Monday to Friday and 10.00-16.00 on Saturdays.

For full details of the competition and competition winners go to: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/museum/art-competition/

Note to Picture Editors

Images of the winning entries are available for use by the Press Office – contact 01334 462530 or email proffice@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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The prizegiving will be held on June 13, 2012 at 5pm in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews. Media who wish to attend should contact the Press Office on 01334 462 167 or email proffice@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The prizes for winners in the Nurseries – P3 categories are a MUSA Young Artist Medal and selection of art materials.

The prizes for winners in the P4 – S3 and Special Education Schools categories are:

  • 1st place: MUSA Young Artist Medal and £40 token for art materials
  • 2nd place: MUSA Young Artist Medal and £25 token for art materials
  • 3rd place: MUSA Young Artist Medal and £10 token for art materials

Issued by the Press Office
Contact Victoria Herd on 01334 462530, email proffice@st-andrews.ac.uk
Ref: Musa Fantastic Creatures 010612
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