My Future Aspirations art competition and exhibition returns for 2013.
Thanks to the support provided by Nicole Gildea of the Creative Learning Team, we are delighted to offer a creative CPD Workshop for art teachers.
Linked to My Future Aspirations, it will be led by Scottish artist and illustrator Tracey Smith on 26th June between 4pm – 6pm at Aberdeen Grammar School. Tracey will discuss her own artistic practice, examining the processes involved in creating more stylised artwork, which is often created digitally but can also be formed by hand using printmaking, collage and drawing. As the theme of the competition is young peoples’ aspirations, Tracey will also consider narrative led artwork, looking at examples of narrative and identity in artwork across different media. This will be followed by a practical session, using experimentation with 3D creative processes as a case study for the competition, creating beautiful 3D tunnel books (a fantastic format to use for narrative artwork which can incorporate lots of different elements) and playing with combinations of print, collage and drawing.
The CPD will include information about the My Future Aspirations competition, discussing the theme of aspirations, looking at past entries, considering content and the benefits of submitting work to the competition and exhibition, and outlining Thorpe Molloy Recruitment's criteria for a high quality entry.
To see the GTC Standards this CPD links to please go to
Booking is through the Creative Learning Team at Aberdeen City Council, please contact Nicole Gildea NGildea@aberdeencity.gov.uk or 01224 814780 to book your place or for any further information.
Reasons Why Your School Should Enter
|•||It’s fun and champions the importance of creativity and art in education.|
|•||Participation provides a demographic snapshot of the aspirations of the region’s young people and complements the objectives of Curriculum for Excellence.|
|•||All self-portraits will be exhibited in the fantastic Aberdeen Tivoil Theatre throughout December.|
|•||We’ll then reproduce the top 40 entries and take them on tour, the first confirmed venue is Marischal College.|
|•||The top 12 finalists will feature in our annual client calendar.|
|•||The “People’s Choice” vote on Facebook returns once again this year. Who says the judges get it right?|
|•||For the first time the British School of Houston is participating, so we will be able to compare the aspirations of pupils from another international oil and gas hub.|
|•||Certification for all entrants and cash prizes for outstanding work for art enhancement projects.|
What’s The Entry and Submission Process This Year?
|1.||Pupils from S1 and S2 (the new S2 intake, not the end of year group) are invited to create a self-portrait which illustrates personal aspirations for future learning, development and career choices.|
|2.||Each participating school should short-list 8 self-portraits.|
|3.||Self-portraits must be titled and accompanied by a narrative of no more than 50 words which describes the career aspiration, reasons for the career choice and plans to get there!|
|4.||We encourage entries in any media, but self-portraits submitted on paper must be A3 in size.|
|5.||Note your school’s participation now by email to email@example.com|
|6.||Deliver your school’s submissions by Friday 11th October to Jacqueline Christie at Thorpe Molloy Recruitment's office, 38 Albyn Place, Aberdeen,
|7.||Ensure each artwork is labelled, so we can return the artworks to you. Please also ensure completed parental consent forms accompany each submission. We will provide the labels and forms once you have confirmed your school’s participation.|
Then What Happens?
|•||All entries will receive certificates in Achievement, Commendation or Excellence categories.|
|•||All entries will also be exhibited in our on-line gallery and the Aberdeen Tivoli Theatre.|
|•||The top 12 entries will feature within our annual client calendar.|
|•||A cash prize will be awarded to the winning pupil to be used for art projects in his / her school.|
|•||We'll celebrate at the Exhibition Launch on the 5th December 2013.|
Who Are The Judges This Year?
Combining knowledge and experience from art, business and education, our judges this year are:
|•||Gayle Gorman, Director of Education, Culture & Sport, Aberdeen City Council.|
|•||Tracey Smith, Artist.|
|•||Brian Hendry, Director, Aberdeen Tivoli Theatre.|
|•||Karen Molloy, Director, Thorpe Molloy Recruitment Ltd.|
To view last year's submissions in our online gallery, click here