Drawing prize for Deeside students

STUDENTS from Robert Gordon University's Gray's School of Art have achieved success in an annual drawing prize.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 20th January 2010, 2:37 pm

The David Gordon Memorial Trust Student Drawing Prize is open to second, third and final year painting and printmaking students, aiming to promote and stimulate drawing as a core skill in the creative process within art and design education.

Winner, Craig Harper, (25) from Bieldside, has been awarded 350 and runner-up Lindsay Stewart from Tarland received 150. Craig is currently in his third year of a degree in painting and won the prize after submitting two of his personal sketchbooks.

Craig said: "I always keep sketchbooks, it's just a part of what I enjoy doing. I fill them up from cover to cover with drawings and thoughts, and everything I end up painting can usually be traced back to these sketches. The two I submitted were completed during the last eight months and it came as a real surprise to hear that I had won first prize for them. I am really pleased."

This is the second year that Lindsay has been recognised by judges. Her submission, 'Offerings', are drawings based on the small dead creatures delivered by her cats.

Lindsay explained: "Drawing and painting the animals brought in by my cats feels to me a bit like immortalising them in some way. I will be continuing to develop this subject matter in my painting this year, and some of my work for Gray's Degree Show 2010 will incorporate drawings of little creatures kindly given to me by Primary 3 and 4 pupils of Tarland Primary school."

Well known local artist Eric Auld was among the judging panel which also included Ian Parkinson, Chair of the David Gordon Memorial Trust, Edi Swan and David Henderson, who is programme leader for painting and printmaking at Gray's.

There were over eighty submissions with forty five selected for the exhibition and presented to the panel to judge.