Tarbert artist drew a national prizewinner

John Byrne presents Arlo Anderson, S1 Tarbert Academy Argyll & Bute with Runner Up award, NDC 2019.

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A Tarbert Academy S1 pupil’s graphite genius created a masterpiece in a national competition.

Arlo Anderson joined one other Argyll and Bute artist in drawing top spots and were selected, from more than 7000 entrants, to win awards  in the John Byrne National Drawing Competition.

Arlo, and P5 Rosa MacLeod from Rhu were presented with their awards by renowned artist and playwright John Byrne at a ceremony in Paisley’s Tannahill Centre.

A special exhibition of competition entries is on display at the centre until April 15.

John Byrne said: ‘This year we judged more than 7000 entries and the level of talent and imagination was outstanding.

‘I’m encouraged by the standard of all the artwork submitted and I hope pupils across Scotland will continue to show us their artistic skills and love for drawing.’

The competition is run in partnership with Education Scotland and open to pupils across Scotland from P4 to S3.

Alan Armstrong, strategic director for Education Scotland said: ‘Art and design are important parts of the Scottish curriculum.

‘For years, this competition has encouraged many thousands of children to use their artistic talents to create inspiring and unique drawings.

‘Education Scotland is proud to support the competition and its ethos of keeping the art of drawing alive.’

Renfrewshire leisure chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: ‘John Byrne is one of Paisley’s famous sons and his paintings and plays are enjoyed by many generations.

‘For all we know, we might find a new John Byrne in our midst among the young artists whose work is on show.’

Arlo Anderson receives her certificate from John Byrne. NO_c14artwinner01_John_Byrne_Arlo_Anderson