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The Fleming Collection Young People’s Art Competition 2022

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Margot Sandeman, Twine, 1988 (wit Ian Hamilton Finlay). The Fleming Collection. Ⓒ The Artist's Estate

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

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

The task at hand is to produce an artwork 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 Margaret Mellis' Passing in the Night: creativity 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 30th June. 

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

The competition will be judged in July 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 runners up in each category, who will receive a copy of our publication ‘A History of Scottish Art’ for future inspiration. 

This year's judges are Sophie Ridsdale-Smith, Exhibitions & Collections Assistant at the Lightbox, Woking,  Mrs Robin Fleming, a long term supporter of the Fleming Wyfold Art Foundation and James Knox, Director of the Fleming Collection.

We hope this competition 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! Follow us on social media or via our newsletter for updates.

2021 prize winner Ottalie Exton's painting 'Scottish Adventure', inspired by James Morrison's 'Clouds above the Grampians'.