Academy art award winners in the frame

Sophie Irving being presented by David Bennie (left) and Allan Clarke (right).
Sophie Irving being presented by David Bennie (left) and Allan Clarke (right).

Ruth Page (centre right), winner of Provost Lindsay prize presented by George Preston and David Rintoul with Sandra Lindsay

The event showcases the talent and diversity of the senior art students’ work on themes of a personal choice.

Ruth Page (center, right) being presented by George Preston, David Rintoul and Sandra Lindsay.

Ruth Page (center, right) being presented by George Preston, David Rintoul and Sandra Lindsay.

This year, the Provost Lindsay Award was presented to Ruth Page of S6 who has been offered a place to study jewellery design at Edinburgh College of Art.

Sophie Irving, also of S6, was presented with the Fraternity of Dyers Shield. Sophie has accepted a place to study at Heriot-Watt College of textiles in Galashiels.

Past-Provost Kenneth Lindsay died during his five-year commission as Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Linlithgowshire.

Since Kenneth was so involved both in Freemasonry and in Linlithgowshire, the Provincial Grand Lodge 
initiated the Provost 
Kenneth Lindsay Memorial Trophy to be awarded each year to a pupil from a school within Linlithgow for 
outstanding achievement.

Along with the trophy, there is also £100 prize 
money. The purpose is to 
support young people in their learning and to recognise and reward talent and effort.

The Fraternity of Dyers in Linlithgow has been in existence since the 1600s and the body can trace one of their oldest documents to a loan they provided in 1678.

Most of the trades in the town had similar fraternities such as the tanners, the shoemakers and the wrights.

The Fraternity has a close tie with the textile industry in Linlithgow and wanted to try and raise its profile with the younger generation so that they understood the history behind the dyers.

The ancient crafts are long gone but the Fraternity of 
Dyers is as strong as ever and its members can be seen every year marching resplendently in their top hat and tails every Marches day.

The fraternity felt it would be an excellent opportunity to further its purpose by sponsoring a prize that was 
specifically related to the 
textile industry or art in the community.

The Academy’s art department was destined to be the recipient of this award.​