Showing off their creative side

Sarah Clelland of Dalziel High was thrilled to be able to take control of her project without restrictions
Sarah Clelland of Dalziel High was thrilled to be able to take control of her project without restrictions
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Artwork produced by North Lanarkshire’s most creative pupils forms a stunning new exhibition at Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge.

Pictures, films, digital photography, textiles, jewellery, fashion, creative writing and music all feature in this year’s Creative Residency exhibition, which is now in its tenth year.

Andrew Sutherland, executive director of Learning and Leisure Services, said: “We are proud of the creative talents of our young people; and with the rich variety of art, music and design on display it’s easy to see why.

“The Creative Residency programme is unique within Scotland and gives pupils the opportunity to work beyond the classroom setting and provide them with new experiences.

“It allows pupils to gain confidence in their own abilities and discover new exciting and innovative ways of learning in their chosen discipline.”

Each year, pupils in S4 and S5 from secondary schools across North Lanarkshire apply to take part in the annual creative residential programme, supported by experienced tutors from schools and colleges, at Kilbowie Outdoor Centre near Oban.

The centre, which overlooks the Sound of Kerrera, provides a picturesque setting to inspire 60 pupils to develop their artistic skills.

The programme begins at the start of the calendar year with the opportunity to attend a series of taster sessions highlighting the various creative disciplines on offer.

Joe McAvoy, quality improvement manager, art and design, said: “The residency at Kilbowie is a demanding one with pupils working from dawn to dusk – and sometimes even beyond.

“We are grateful for the support we receive from staff at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Print Studio, Cumbernauld Theatre, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Summerlee Museum and Heriot Watt University.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, February 23, and admission is free.