Art matters at new SQA site in Midlothian

School pupils and artists from Midlothian recently gathered at the Scottish Qualification Authority’s new offices at Shawfair to see their work exhibited for the first time.

The artwork, which decorates meeting rooms and public spaces, was created as part of the Midlothian Art Challenge competition. The competition encouraged pupils from local primary and secondary schools and members of community art groups to stretch their creative skills and produce a piece of work inspired by a famous Scot.

The exhibition included caricatures, portraits, landscapes, abstracts and collages which represent Scottish icons including Robert Burns, designers Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald, patriot Sir William Wallace and Sir James Young Simpson, the physician who discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.

Among those attending the open day was Kaitlin Morton from Tynewater Primary School in Pathhead, whose work was inspired by ‘The Skating Minister’, painted by Sir Henry Raeburn.

Read full story in the March 29 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.