Art attack at Dalkeith Arts Centre

Corran, of P5 at Lasswade, painted a wild cat
Corran, of P5 at Lasswade, painted a wild cat

Still searching for the Loch Ness monster? Or would you love to come face to face with a wide-eyed wild cat?

If so, look no further than Dalkeith Arts Centre, which is hosting this year’s annual Schools’ Art Exhibition.

The event, when many of the county’s young artists showcase their talents, runs from tomorrow (Saturday) until Friday, May 27.

The arts centre will be awash with colour as the primary pupils display a vast range of artworks from paintings to collages.

The free exhibition, which depicts everything from monsters to wild animals, is open from 9.30am to 1pm on the Saturday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 5pm on the Monday and Thursday, 1pm to 5pm on the Tuesday, and 9.30am to noon on the Friday.

Cabinet member for education, Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), said: “I always look forward to this event. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be reminded of the talented pupils we have in Midlothian.

“I thoroughly enjoy a visit to what has become a real highlight of the arts calendar in Midlothian. I’d urge as many people as possible to go along, even if you don’t know any of the exhibitors. It’s a real treat. Well done to everyone involved.”

The Schools’ Art Exhibition is organised annually by the council’s arts development officer Cheryl Aird and is now into its 17th year. The art chosen alternates yearly between primary and secondary schools.

Cllr Constable went on to thank the four pupils whose work features in the exhibition posters and invites. They are: Charlotte, from P4 at Moorfoot Primary School, Maggie, a P5 pupil at Hawthornden Primary, Corran, who is in P5 at Lasswade Primary and Chloe, who is in P7 at Woodburn Primary.