Lochaber Rotary Club recently decided that recognition and reward for Lochaber’s young visual arts talent was needed. The brief was simple: the new award would be open to artists aged 7 – 17, selection to be based on a portfolio of work showing evidence of originality, development and enthusiasm. Room 13 International was pleased to assist the Rotary Club bring this new award to the attention of Lochaber’s young artists and was delighted to see the quality and hard work evident in all the portfolios submitted.
On May 23rd 2014 at Art Lochaber’s annual exhibition awards were presented by Lesley Benfield, Chief Executive of Fort William Chamber of Commerce, to:
Overall Winner: Ella Robertson Smith, Caol Primary School
Runner-up: Sarah Clelland, Lochaber High School
Runner-up: Wiktoria Zumościk, Lochaber High School
Korrine MacMillan, Lochaber High School
Jamie-Lee Birrell, Lochaber High School
Lachie Robinson, Mallaig High School
Rachel Bolton, Lochaline Primary School
Ella, Sarah and Wiktoria each received a trophy and vouchers for artist materials from Artmedia store in Inverness. In addition, one work from each was selected to be shown in the annual exhibition.
The four Highly Commended young artists each received a sketchbook and certificate. All entrants received a thank-you letter with feedback from the Selection Panel. It is hoped that the award will continue to spark inspiration and encourage young artists to keep making artwork.
Congratulations Ella, Sarah, Wiktoria, Korrine, Jamie-Lee, Lachie and Rachel – and thank you to everyone who got busy, made work and entered portfolios.