Royal approval for Ellen

Ellen Kynoch, RSA winner from Linlithgow Academy
Ellen Kynoch, RSA winner from Linlithgow Academy

Pupils from schools across Scotland collected prizes at an awards ceremony held in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

The Art Award, which is open to all secondary schools in Scotland, has been one of the most closely fought competitions, which has been running for 27 years.

This year the event, which attracted entries from as far afield as Shetland and Sanquhar, saw Linlithgow Academy’s fourth year student Ellen Kynoch take third place in the intermediate category.

Ellen said: “I am delighted to have won a prize at such a prestigious competition.

“I am sure it will spur me on to bigger and better things in the future.”

Organised by the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), the Art Award is the only competition open to senior pupils and has considerable prestige with teachers who value the exciting opportunity it provides for Scottish pupils studying art and design subjects.

In Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories prizes of £250 were awarded to the winners.

Second prize winners received £150 and third prize winners £100 each.

The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy Schools Art Award was relaunched for 2015 to include a brand new Chairman’s Challenge, with a prize of £300, plus a number of exciting opportunities which every participating school has the chance to receive.

It’s an opportunity for pupils to prove themselves the very best of Scotland’s creative talent.

Friends’ chairwoman, Rosemary Woodroffe, said: “We have received some very creative entries for this new award from schools across Scotland which we are delighted with.”

All winning entries will be exhibited in the RSA alongside the RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition from March 12 to April 10.