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Winner of John Byrne National Drawing Competition revealed

Thousands of budding young artists from across Scotland took part in this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition.

Cameron Lawson, a S3 pupil at Cedarbank School in Livingston, has become the third pupil to win the competition, which is run in partnership with Education Scotland and open to pupils from Primary four through to third year in Secondary.

Winner of John Byrne National Drawing Competition revealed

John Byrne said: “The talent this year has been outstanding, which made my job as a judge very difficult in choosing the overall winners.

“I’m encouraged by the standard of all the artwork submitted in this year’s competition and I hope pupils across Scotland will continue to show us their artistic skills and love for drawing.”

The award ceremony took place at Paisley Museum where a special exhibition of competition entries are on display from March 17 to April 18. 

Paisley is currently bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 and aims to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform its future.

The renowned artist and playwright, John Byrne, selected Cameron Lawson’s work as the winner. Eleana Meikle, a S3 pupil from Wellington School, took second place and Charlotte Stewart, a P7 pupil from Gordon Primary School was awarded third place.

John and the judges selected a further 30 young artists as runners up and they will receive a specially designed certificate.

Bill Maxwell, Education Scotland Chief Executive said: “Education Scotland is delighted to work with John and Paisley Museum to help raise the profile of drawing. The John Byrne National Drawing Competition, in partnership with Education Scotland, attracts such a high standard of entries from pupils all across Scotland and is a great opportunity for pupils to develop and showcase their artistic skills.”

John was assisted by Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland, Lorna MacDonald, City of Edinburgh Council, and Wilma Eaton, University of Strathclyde in judging the competition.