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Pupils put on art exhibition

Young people from across the region showed off their art, design and music talents with a special exhibition in Kilmarnock’s art gallery.

The Schools Art and Design Exhibition opened at The Dick Institute at the beginning of February and featured work from pupils of Auchinleck, Cumnock, Doon, Grange, James Hamilton, Kilmarnock, Loudoun, Stewarton and St Joseph’s academies and Park School.

The opening ceremony included live music and a fashion show.

Kilmarnock Academy art teacher Kirsty Lee said: “Our students used a variety of themes, including the jungle, peacocks, skulls and bones. They also experimented with materials such as bottle tops, sweet wrappers, bin bags and eggshells.

“Using these kinds of materials allows maximum creativity, as well as helping the environment.”

Cllr Hugh Ross, of East Ayrshire Council, congratulated all the young artists and thanked the Creative Minds Team for organising the project.

He said: “The Creative Minds team supports students and staff by organising workshops and artist residencies, which link students with professional artists.

“This practical experience is highly rewarding and encourages learning of new skills as well as presenting exciting opportunities for pupils.

“The results are here for all to see in this excellent exhibition of high quality work by our very talented young people.”

Teraessa Lopez, principal art teacher at Cumnock Academy, added: “Some pupils had never even threaded a needle before and hundreds of beads have been patiently sewn on individually. Slipped stitches have been laboriously picked up and there has been a constant battle with sewing machines that like to eat wool, silk and any other fabric we put in their paths!”

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