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Over 500 young artists get creative

Over 500 young artists have been inspired by the University of St Andrews to get creative with nature.

A record number of children from all around Fife have taken part in the 2010 MUSA Young Artist Award, an annual art contest run by the University.

The winners, among them colourful sculptures and textiles inspired by nature, will be announced later this week (Thursday 10 June).

The theme for the 2010 competition was “Close Up and Far Away”; a nod to the University’s rare collection of scientific instruments. Pupils were asked to find out how microscopes and telescopes have helped us explore the world – from the depths of the ocean to distant stars – and to choose an unusual perspective for their own work of art.  They were then challenged to create a 2D or 3D artwork in response to what inspired them.

MUSA’s Nicki Bray commented, “This year saw a dramatic increase in entries from younger artists in the Nursery category. And for the first time since the competition launched, museum staff were involved in outreach visits to schools to help those who couldn’t visit themselves to take part.”

The competition, which is sponsored by the Vettriano Trust, aims to recognise and support creativity in schools, and to promote learning, using the University’s historic collections as a starting point. A grant from Museum Galleries Scotland also allowed the purchase of frames to display the winning entries in the Gateway Galleries.

For more information about the 2010 competition or on entering the 2011 contest please visit: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/museum/art-competition

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Note to Editors

The full list of winners will be made available on Thursday 10 June, along with images of winning submissions.

For further information contact Nicki Bray on 01334 461663 or email nb69@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Issued by Press Office, University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook, Press Officer on 01334 467227 / 462529, mobile 07900 050 103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Ref:  MUSA young artist 070610

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