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The Fleming Collection Young People’s Art Competition 2021

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Elizabeth Blackadder, Flowers and Red Table, 1969. The Fleming Collection. Ⓒ The Artist.

To inspire young creative minds, we are running our second annual summer art competition.

Originally initiated in the summer of 2020 as an alternative boost to creativity for school children and adolescents who had endured many months of home-schooling and uncertainty, we hope to continue to encourage school pupils to embrace their artistic gifts this summer also.

The task at hand is to be inspired by the Fleming Collection. This might mean you’re inspired to paint a still life in the manner of the Scottish Colourists or you wish to create your own version of Derrick Guild’s ‘Label Queen’: inspiration can take many forms! To find inspiration, search our collection online.

To enter, email images of the artwork and details of the inspiration to with the subject line ‘Fleming Collection Young People’s Art Competition’. Please include the name and age of the competition entrant. The deadline for entry is 19th July. 

Alice de Pelet, The Highlands in Sutherland, 2020. Winner of the 2020 competition.

The competition will be judged in three age categories, under 11s, 11-16 year olds and 16-18 year olds, with a first prize of £50 art supplies vouchers. This will be followed up by second prizes in each category and special mentions, who will receive a copy of our publication ‘A History of Scottish Art’ for future inspiration and Chinese ink brushes as an alternative medium for future creativity, kindly donated by a generous supporter.

This year's judges are Fleming Collection Director James Knox; Trustee of the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, Katherine Sparrow; and Arts Officer at Kirkcudbright Galleries, Lily Knott.

We hope this will kick start a summer of creativity and we would like parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, older siblings and teachers themselves to get the young artists involved! We will announce winners in early August.

Ottalie Exton, Winding Path to the Cottage, 2020. Mixed media (cardboard, poster paint, dried plants, gabric, newspaper, gold leaf). Runner up in the 2020 competition, inspired by E A Walton's 'Back Wynd, Ceres.'