21 November 2014

Perth & Kinross young artists are top drawer

Winners, runners-up and commended entries in the GWCT Schools’ Art Competition in the library gallery following the prizegiving on Tuesday evening.The AK Bell Library in Perth was the perfect surroundings for the official prizegiving for the tenth annual Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Schools’ Art Competition on Tuesday (18th) evening.

Having sifted through bulging folios of entries, the judging panel – comprising Deputy Provost Bob Band, competition organiser Katrina Candy (GWCT) and sponsors Peter Richardson (Hilton Dunkeld House) and Julian Jardine – was incredibly impressed with the quality of entries and found choosing the eventual winners quite a task.

Archie Douglas of Ardvreck School scooped the overall primary school top prize, while Corey Coutts of Perth Academy claimed the top spot in the secondary category.

Archie Douglas, Ardvreck School    Corey Coutts, Perth Academy


Archie’s atmospheric charcoal and pencil study of a leaping salmon won him the coveted Michael Wolfe Murray Quaich. Corey’s finely painted fallow deer immediately impressed the judging panel with its attention to detail and excellent proportions. Corey has been awarded an engraved glass trophy and both winners also receive a fun-packed day at Living Well at the Hilton Dunkeld House to include a mini Highland Games, lunch and lots of outdoor activities for their whole class as well as a place on a Julian Jardine art class, tickets to the GWCT Scottish Game Fair and other gifts from the GWCT.

Joining the judges at Tuesday evening’s prizegiving reception were all the category winners, runners-up, commended pupils, their families and teaching staff.

Gordon Walker, vice convener of the Lifelong Learning Committee presented the prizes and said:

“This competition has gone from strength to strength and the entries have come from far and wide. It was incredibly difficult to choose the final winners but an absolute pleasure to be awarding the prizes this evening.

“The success of this competition is in no small part due to the teachers who have encouraged and guided their pupils to produce a diverse range of subject matter and medium. It is their enthusiasm for this initiative which drives it forward and we hope everyone involved will have learnt a bit more about Scotland’s game and wildlife.”

“This has been an excellent competition to organise and judge,” said Katrina, Head of PR & Education (Scotland), GWCT.

“We have been delighted with the response from local schools and especially pleased that we have such generous sponsors as Julian Jardine and Living Well at Hilton Dunkeld House. Perth & Kinross Council has been hugely supportive and the AK Bell Library has provided the perfect venue to house the exhibition of winners.”

The exhibition of artwork will remain at the library on public display until Tuesday, December 2.


Place Name School
Winner   Hester Steuart-Fotheringham   Grandtully
R/up Iona McGregor Blairingone
Comm Isla Henderson Longforgan
Comm Rory Edgley Ardvreck


Place Name School
Winner   Ottilie Butler Ardvreck
R-up Phoebe Thomson Ardvreck
R-up Maisy Earl Ardvreck
Comm Richard Tuke Ardvreck
Comm Daisy Humphries Ardvreck
Comm Naomi Henderson   Forgandenny
Comm Aimee Findlay Tulloch


Place Name School
Winner Archie Douglas Ardvreck
R-up Luke Tuckwood Moncrieffe
Comm Jessica Corrigan Grandtully
Comm Flora Fitzpatrick Ardvreck
Comm Ishbel Spencer-Nairn Ardvreck
Comm Eva Constantin Tulloch


Place Name School
Winner Corey Coutts Perth Academy
R-up Ben Last Perth Academy

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

For information, contact:

Playfair Walker
Telephone: 0131 445 5570
Email: richard@playfairwalker.com

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