Artistic residency pays off for pupils use

CREATIVE pupils are showing off their talents at a new exhibition at Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge.

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Paintings, films, digital photography, textiles, jewellery, fashion, creative writing and music all feature in this year's Creative Residency exhibition, which is now in its 10th year.

All of the exhibits have been created by pupils from North Lanarkshire schools.

Each year, pupils in S4 and S5 apply to take part in the annual creative residential programme, supported by tutors from schools and colleges, at the Kilbowie Outdoor Centre, near Oban.

The centre provides a picturesque setting for pupils to develop artistic skills.

The programme begins at the start of the calendar year with the opportunity to attend a series of taster sessions highlighting the various creative disciplines on offer.

Some of the pupils' work is then exhibited at Summerlee.

Aaron Winter, from Clyde Valley High School, is one of the youngsters involved.

He said: "I learned new techniques in art and how to use them.

"I made lots of prints, filled a sketchbook, made friends and actually enjoyed myself.

"I enjoyed the teaching because both of my tutors were really friendly and nice as well as being fun and good teachers.

"The activities made learning interesting. It was a great experience."

Heather Baird, from Our Lady's High School in Motherwell, added: "Being accepted for the Creative Residency, I was very excited to learn new things and meet new people.

"I will remember the new friends I've met and will hopefully see them again. I learned that I can do more things than I thought I could and was sad that the week went in so quickly."

Sixty pupils participated in this year's Creative Residency programme.

The public are encouraged to come along to the exhibition, which runs at Summerlee until Sunday, February 23.

Admission is free.


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