PAI 2018 Schools Competition
John Love, Macfarlane Group, with the overall winner Lauren Anderson holding
the trophy below the winning painting (top middle)
Paisley Art Institute
Schools' Competition 2018
"To Encourage Budding Talent"
The Paisley Art Institute (PAI) holds a Schools' Competition for Primary and Secondary Schools and shows an exhibition of selected work during the run of the Institute's Annual Exhibition. It was once again open to all schools in Renfrewshire and the exhibition is shown in the mezzanine area of Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. The purpose remains to encourage emerging talent in art. This encouragement is made possible by the continuing, generous sponsorship of the Macfarlane Group and allows the PAI to award cash prizes to winners and runners up in three age categories as well as a handsome trophy to the overall winner. This year work was submitted by Secondary Schools in the categories S1-S3 and S4-S6. The overall winner was selected from one of the category winners. The Guest Assessor was PAI Artist and Committee Member Hugh McKay. Hugh was so impressed by the standard and quality that we agreed to add some 'commended' awards to the list of winners and runners up. Hugh said "as a one time examiner with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) for artwork submitted for national qualifications at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels, I am very impressed with the quality of all the work and the accomplished use of media, style and originality in the presentations. It was a pleasure to assess these works and I haven't seen any better when working with the SQA".
It was a pleasure to welcome Mr John Love, Financial Director, Macfarlane Group, to the award and opening day of Friday 8th June. John presented the awards and the trophy to the overall winner. The Exhibition is hung above the main foyer and reception area of Paisley Museum and Art Galleries and will run until 18th August.