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64th Annual Exhibition Opening

November 3rd, 2016 by Robin Rodger

A healthy turn-out at Perth Museum and Art Gallery enjoyed a successful launch of the 64th Annual Exhibition on the evening of Thursday 3 November 2016.

Guest Opener, Charles, 16th Earl of Kinnoull, Chair of Culture Perth & Kinross, spoke in his opening address of the important role the PAA has played, and continues to play, in the cultural fabric of Perth & Kinross. Lord Kinnoull also revealed some of the aspirations for the refurbishment of the Perth City Hall to a Contemporary Gallery for the display of the permanent collection as well as of works of modern art lent by other collections. In a welcome and unexpected announcement, he also suggested that the planned closure of Perth Museum and Art Gallery would not be as long as the 3 years originally anticipated but would be nearer to a 12-18 month period. Lord Kinnoull then spoke favourably of the quality and range of the works on show before declaring the exhibition formally open.

Steve Blackett, President of the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull,  then said a few words about the Young Artist Awards which the Rotary Club instigated in 2007, making this their 10th year. He acknowledged another strong submission and spoke of the challenge the quality of these had given to the judging panel. Steve then called upon the internationally renowned Perthshire sculptor (and PAA Honorary Member) Doug Cocker RSA to make the presentations to the award winners. Exactly 50 years ago, Doug was the very first recipient of the PAA’s Junior Award!

This year’s prize winners are as follows;

Best Overall School : St John’s Academy, Perth

S1-S3 Winner : Katherine Morse, Perth Grammar School for Sunset Song

S1-S3 Runner-Up : Catriona Roberts, Perth Grammar School for Fruit Bowl

S4-S6 Winner : Leah Hamill, Strathallan School, Forgandenny for Midsummer Night’s Dream

S4-S6 Runner-Up : Jenny Caplan, Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn for Glass Child

And last but not least, this year’s Guest Artist is the young Scone-based artist Laura Porteous, whose distinctive works were the centre of much attention and interest.

The exhibition runs from 4 November – 3 December 2016 (part 1) and from 8 December 2016 – 7 January 2017 (part 2) in Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00, admission free (closed 24-27 December 2016 and 30 December 2016 – 3 January 2017 inc.)

Catalogues (covering both shows) are available at the Museum Shop price £1.00


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