YOUNG ARTISTS BRIGHTEN UP THE GALLERY
Local art pupils were recently given the chance to display their work to a wider audience.
Councillor Iain Linton, Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, formally opened East Ayrshire Schools ' Art and Design Exhibition in the Dick on February 1.
He praised the quality of the artwork and the creativity of the young artists from schools across the authority: Kilmarnock , Grange, James Hamilton, St Joseph 's, Loudoun, Stewarton, Cumnock, Auchinleck and Doon Academies and Park School .
He also highlighted the work done by pupils who attended art and design summer school in Kilmarnock Academy and who created the theatrical masks and head-dresses on display.
The young artists and parents attended the opening. Invited guests also included MSP Willie Coffey, Depute Provost John Campbell, Leader of the Council Douglas Reid, Cllr Jim Roberts, Clllr Kathy Morrice and Cllr Jim Todd. Also present were Executive Director of Education Graham Short, Head of Schools (Acting) Kenneth McKinlay and Creative Links Officer John Wilson.
The exhibition was co-ordinated by Cultural Co-ordinator Elaine Scott (Creative Minds).
Excellent paintings, ceramics and head-dresses created by the young people will remain on display in the Young People's Gallery in the Dick until May 2008.
Thanks to Elaine Scott for report & pictures