Lady Waterford Bicentenary Art Competition & Exhibition

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8th June was the final opportunity to view an impressive exhibition of artworks by pupils from local schools, displayed in the Watchtower Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

As part of the bicentenary year celebrating the life and legacy of Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, the Lady Waterford Trust invited local High Schools to enter an art competition, themed “Portraits and Landscapes.” In order to allow students to explore their creativity to the full the specification for the competition was deliberately open, with no limitation to size or media. Portraits could be of any person, past or present, and landscapes of any location, real or imaginary.

The resulting submissions, from Eyemouth and Berwickshire High Schools, Longridge Towers School and the Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick along with the Hugh Joicey C of E Aided First School in Ford were all very different and all of an excellent standard. The judges – local artists Andrew Scott Robertson and Sarah Bray, and Kate Stephenson, owner of the Watchtower Gallery - enjoyed looking through all the work and found it quite a task to finally pick out the overall winner: Hannah MacDonald from Eyemouth School. The following were also considered worthy of a special mention:

• Kayla Craig – Eyemouth school
• Maddy McLauchlan – Eyemouth school
• Macy Lunn – Berwickshire High School
• Alistair Nuttall – Ford First school
• Mary Waugh – Ford First school
• El-T'Chei Olah – Ford First school
• Hannah Dawson – Duchess’ High School, Alnwick
• Nathanael Tyler – Longridge Towers School

Each will receive a prize presented by Lady Joicey, chair of the Lady Waterford Hall Trustees, and every pupil who entered the competition will receive a certificate for their personal portfolios.
Lady Joicey said “I would like, on behalf of the Lady Waterford Hall Trustees, to thank everyone who took part in our bicentenary art competition – the artists, the teachers, the judges, those who helped to spread the word about it, the owner of The Watchtower Gallery, Scott Robertson who took a lot of trouble to hang the work, and I am sure several others who I should mention. I would urge anyone who has not already done so to visit the exhibition between 12 noon and 4pm – it is well worth the trip .”


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