08 Oct 2018
A group of Glasgow pupils received top marks in St. Enoch Centre’s Mackintosh-themed art and design competition.
The art competition which took place over the summer, culminated in a special award ceremony within a specially constructed Mackintosh Studio in the Glasgow shopping centre.
First in the design category was Ava Campbell-Crawford from Hillhead High School who took top place for her ‘Art is the Flower’ submission, a unique oriental eco-printed dress with a nod to Mackintosh that impressed the judges and saw the school awarded a cheque for £200 while Ava received £100 St. Enoch Centre gift card. Olivia Wiatr, also from Hillhead High School came a close second while Sara Ali from Notre Dame High School came in third place.
Anastacia MacDonald from Govan High School took first place in the expressive category with her outstanding art work ‘His Muse’, with the judges praising her thoughtful piece. Govan High School was also presented with a cheque for £200 with a £100 St. Enoch gift card rewarded to Anastacia.
Govan Hill pupils’ Sophie Hunter and Shanaz Matts scored second place with their imaginative piece ‘The Hillhouse Through the Looking Glass’ while third place was awarded to Eva McLeod Quinn from Hillhead High School for her entry that was influenced by Mackintosh’s interest in Japanese art.
Each of the second placed winners received £150 for their schools plus a St. Enoch gift voucher while pupils in third place earned £100 for their schools in addition to a gift voucher for the centre.
Special recognition was awarded to Iris Macklin of Hillhead High School for her project which involved the design of a vinyl record sleeve that the judges thought was ‘super clever’ and ‘very well thought out’. Williamwood High School also received a special recognition award for their collective work with judge, Robyne Calvert announcing that they were ‘ready for Art School!’.
Now in its 10th year the art and design contest Mackintosh The Innovator was established by St. Enoch Centre to encourage secondary school pupils to think creatively about Mackintosh’s legacy and his focus on innovation. Over 60 students from four schools - Williamwood High School, Notre Dame High School, Hillhead High School and Govan High School - entered the contest when it launched earlier this year.
Submissions went on display in July and have been viewed by thousands of shoppers over the summer, who were able to vote for their favourite entries.
The submissions were judged by an expert panel, including Dr Robyne Calvert, Mackintosh Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and Stuart Robertson, Director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society. They were joined by art critic Jan Patience and David Cairns, a Trustee of the Willow Tea Rooms Trust and owner of Windyhill – one of only two private homes built by Mackintosh, and Anne Ledgerwood, General Manager of St. Enoch Centre.
Anne Ledgerwood, said: “Charles Rennie-Mackintosh is known around the world for his iconic designs, and it’s brilliant to see so many Glasgow pupils taking inspiration from him and getting creative particularly after the challenges Mackintosh’s legacy has faced this year.
“Now in its 10th year, this competition has been the perfect way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Year of Young People. The submissions have been remarkable, and I’d like to congratulate and thank every pupil who entered for their hard work and boundless creativity and to their schools for supporting them. We hope it inspires other schools to take part next year. I also wish to pay to tribute to our fantastic judging panel for their meaningful contribution.”
St. Enoch Centre’s Mackintosh The Innovator exhibition will remain open throughout October as part of the Mackintosh Festival.