Corrie’s Art competition winners announced

Meredith, five, with her winning picture and prize in the age six and under category.

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The winners of the Corrie’s Art competition have been announced after an independent judge had the difficult task of selecting winners from more than 40 entries which were received from all over Scotland.

Corrie’s Art competition, which started in 2018, proved so successful that organisers decided to host another this year, albeit under strict lockdown conditions. An exhibit of entries, as with the previous competition, is still planned at Arran Active during Easter or summer – when it’s possible to do so.

The competition is an offshoot of the popular not-for-profit series of Corrie’s Capers books about Corrie the dog which are written by Arran author, Alison Page, and which support the charity Mary’s Meals.

Knowing that travelling is no longer permitted, Alison suggested that the memories of favourite places visited in Scotland, could be the ideal theme for Corrie’s competition.

Throughout tier four lockdown, children and adults began putting pens, pencils and paint on paper to create their own masterpieces with more than 40 entries arriving from children living on Arran as well as from Dumfries, Livingston, Glasgow, Bridge of Allan, Dunoon, Argyll, and the winner of the adult class coming all the way from Hull.

Independent judge Jean Bowden, who also judged the competition in 2018,  had the very difficult task of deciding who the winners would be.

They are: Meredith Mckie, five, from Lamlash, who won the age six and under category. Meredith drew Corrie at Sannox Beach

Lucia Farquhar, 11, from Bridge of Allan, won the age seven and over category with her painting of Corrie at Edinburgh Castle.

Kirsty Palmer from Hull won the adult category with her painting of Corrie looking out to Holy Isle.

In addition to the winners there were also two highly commended awards: Rowan Saunders, six, from Livingston, for her drawing of Corrie at North Berwick and Eva Curley, seven, from Corriegills, for her drawing of Corrie at Glen Rosa.

Commendations were also awarded to: Maya Wals, four, from Dunoon – Corrie in her garden; Ava McNeice, 10, from Blackwaterfoot – Corrie and The Kelpies; Ola Wals, eight, from Dunoon – Corrie at Ostel Bay; Sam Goronwy, eight, from Corden – Corrie overlooking Holy Isle; Hari Boss, nine, from Glasgow – Corrie at the Arran Cheese Shop.

The lucky winners received a Corrie’s Capers tote bag full of goodies including a set of books signed by Alison and Tony van Breugel and Kirsty Oxley, the illustrators.

Commendations were also rewarded with a signed book and a book token to select a book of their choice.