Lots of entries for annual art competition with Tesco Bank

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TESCO Bank and National Galleries of Scotland have issued a final call for entries to the 2013 Art Competition for Schools.

Schools in Forfar and Kirriemuir have already been entering large numbers of work.

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

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.

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.

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.

Works included are 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 groundbreaking 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.

Over the last 18 months, Tesco Bank has facilitated a series of 36 National Galleries of Scotland workshops in 18 schools across Scotland.

Linda McLelland, Playfair Education co-ordinator 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 Forfar and Kirriemuir getting excited about art and getting their inspiration from works in the National Collection.”

This is the second year Tesco Bank has partnered with 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.”