In an entry of over 500 works, mostly by established full time artists, a student from Edinburgh has won the £1,500 first prize in Nairn Book and Arts Festival’s new Open Art competition
Ruth Nicol, who is in her third year at Edinburgh College of Art entered the competition – “ just to see how my paintings would fare in a big event” she said; “to win is a great boost to my career” Runner-up was Sam Cartman who has been a regular exhibitor in Edinburgh, Glascow, Cumbria and London only since 2008.
The Nairn Festival, which is gaining a reputation for innovative events, won support for its new competition from EventScotland and added a prize for a work inspired by the Year of Homecoming. This was won by Sue Macpherson from Keith, who is a regular exhibitor in the North-East and a leading personality in art-therapy.
The Festival’s Chairman, John Fyfe, choose a magnificent sea –scape by Invergordon’s Hugh Kirkwood for his nominated prize. On receiving his prize Kirkwood, who has international experience himself, said “This competition puts Highland art on the map and will help local artists gain a wider appreciation for their work without having to travel south to show their work”