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Top marks for Glasgow pupils in Mackintosh art and design competition

Glasgow schools Hillhead High and Notre Dame High came top of the class in St. Enoch Centre’s Mackintosh-themed art and design competition.

First in the expressive category was Maisie Keery of Hillhead High School, whose sculpture Flowers in Glass was described by judges as a “beautifully executed and complex work”. 

Alia Ali of Notre Dame High School was first in the design category with her Tree of Lightpiece. Judges praised her “thoughtful design” and admired the “gorgeous little touches”. 

The winning students were announced at a prize-giving ceremony held at St. Enoch Centre. Mackintosh also made a ghostly guest appearance at the event to offer his congratulations to the star pupils, who were awarded a £150 gift card to be spent at St. Enoch Centre while their schools were granted a cheque of £250 for their support.

Art and design contest Mackintosh The Innovator was established by St. Enoch Centre to encourage secondary school pupils to think creatively about Mackintosh’s legacy and his focus on innovation. The Mackintosh theme was chosen to celebrate 2016 being designated Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in Scotland. 

Launched in February, more than 100 students from six schools - Govan High School, Williamwood High School, Hillhead High School, Lochend Community High, Springburn Academy and Notre Dame High School - entered the contest.

Submissions went on display at the end of June in a specially constructed gallery on the first floor of St. Enoch Centre. The exhibition has been an incredible success with shoppers casting thousands of votes for their favourite entries.

The entries were also judged by an expert panel, which includes Dr Robyne Calvert, Mackintosh Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and Celia Sinclair, Chair of the Willow Tea Rooms Trust. Also on the panel is Ian Elder, Chair of Glasgow Mackintosh and Manager of The Lighthouse, Jan Patience, a leading art critic, and Anne Ledgerwood, general manager of St. Enoch Centre.

Anne said: “Mackintosh is known worldwide for his creativity and innovation,and if our competition is anything to go by, I can confirm that Glasgow students continue to have these qualities in spades.

“Selecting winners was difficult because of the high standard of work but our judging panel agreed that Maisie’s beautiful artwork stood out due to its complexity and its creativity. Alia’s piece also impressed us with its thoughtful design and well considered explanation.

“I’d like to thank all of the pupils who took part in our Mackintosh competition, and their schools for supporting them. I also wish to pay to tribute to our fantastic judging panel for their important contribution.

“We are proud of our talented pupils and would urge shoppers to visit our specially constructed gallery and view their work.”

Second prize in the expressive category was won by Charleigh Flynn of Springburn Academy who received a gift card worth £100 for her Selfie piece. Third place was won by Sarah McIver from Govan High School who received a £50 gift card for her Hill Housepainting.

Holly Cheng and Fabiola Chira of Hillhead High, who won a £100 gift card, were second in the design category with their dress and boots, while Ewan McAulay from Williamwood High School, was third with his Mack Pack light. Ewan received a gift card worth £50. 

Special recognition awards were made to Sonya Lui and Zoe Smith from Springburn Academy, Bryan Connelly, Maya Hemphill and Melissa Robertson from Lochend Community High and Asmaa Zaki from Notre Dame High School.


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