Rotary Young Artist of the Year 2016

Congratulations to 17 year old Emma Cameron from Strontian, winner of The Rotary Club of Lochaber’s Young Artist of the Year Award, 2016.

Emma attends Ardnamurchan High School, and has been a regular at Room 13 since the age of 8!  She was delighted by her win and said: “Thank you to the Lochaber Rotary Club and Room 13, I’m glad that my art was received so well as I’ve put a lot of work into it over the past year.

Emma won £100 voucher for ArtMedia store in Inverness. Runner up this year was 8 year old Matilda Van de Peer, also from Strontian, who won a £50 voucher.

A further 3 young artists had their work Highly Commended. They were: Bethan White, from Ardnamurchan High Shool, Joanna Wood and Francesca Marie Rose from Lochaber High School.

The prizes were awarded at a presentation and reception for the entrants and their parents hosted by Room 13 Community Studio on 25 May 2016.

Rotary Young Artist of the Year Emma Cameron receives her prize

Rotary Young Artist of the Year Emma Cameron receives her prize.

Young artists gather to receive their awards

The young artists gather to receive their awards.

The selection panel were delighted by the quality of the entries this year.  Portfolios were submitted from across Lochaber and the award winners were chosen by Lorna Finlayson from Art Lochaber, local artist Ali Berardelli, and Margaret Boyd, representing the Rotary Club of Lochaber.

Both Emma and Matilda’s work will be on display at the Art Lochaber exhibition taking place at the Ben Nevis distillery between 20th May and 1st June. The exhibition showcases local artists working in oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, batik, wood turning, and papier-mache sculpture.

Room 13 International have have been running the award on behalf of the Rotary Club of Lochaber for three years. The Rotary Young Artist of the Year Award is open to young artists aged between 7 and 17 living and working in Lochaber.  The winners are selected for demonstrating originality, development and enthusiasm as artists.

Young artists across Lochaber are encouraged to start thinking and preparing for next year’s award straight away!