Dundee pupil draws inspiration from the art department to win prestigious RSA competition

A High School of Dundee pupil has won a prestigious contest after, quite literally, taking her inspiration from the Art Department.

Talented F6 artist Lily Bircham was recently announced as the winner of the top prize in the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, Schools Art Award Chairman’s Challenge, a competition open to all S5 and S6 pupils in Scotland who are taking Art & Design courses.

Entrants were asked to produce an artwork of a fascinating interior and, having been set the brief of drawing one of the School’s art classrooms by Art teacher Joanne Cura, Lily created several sketches which she then developed into her winning lino print.

Joanne said, “Lily has done really well to achieve such a significant win and it was brilliant to see her work on display alongside the RSA ‘New Contemporaries’ show.

“We had a lovely day in Edinburgh celebrating with the other prize winners. Lily plans to go on to Art College, so hopefully in the not-so-distant-future her artwork will be included in another show at the RSA.”

Lily’s piece is now on show at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, within the Schools Art Award Winners’ Exhibition which runs until April 8.