More success for Harmeny artists

“Whales’ Tale” by Dyamien Miller

Following on from success with their recent animated film, “The Mice and the Bakers”, Harmeny children now have prize-winning artwork hanging in the Edinburgh Gallery of Modern Art.

Two Harmeny pupils were awarded Special Merits in the 2020 National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools and Families.

Children were invited to submit entries on themes inspired by artworks in the national collection. The theme Amazing Nature, chosen for the Special Education Schools category, really played to the strengths of Harmeny’s children, whose education and wellbeing benefit hugely from the school’s landscaped grounds and creative outdoor activities.

Dyamien Miller received his award for an abstract seascape at sunset. Featuring a whale, the creation was submitted under the title “Whales’ Tale”. Meanwhile, “Polar life floating away” reflected Jay McHugh’s concerns for the environment. She made and used a polystyrene printing tile to portray pink polar bears against a black night sky.

“Polar life floating away” by Jay McHugh

“We are so proud of our children’s achievements,” says art teacher Nikki Hepburn. “They worked steadily, step by step, to create their artworks and achieve well-deserved success.

With the event open to families as well as to schools, this year’s competition was stiffer than ever. All winning artworks are now on display in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art until the new year. Full details, and images of the top prize winners, can be found on the National Galleries of Scotland website.

A great setting to show off Harmeny talent – the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Meanwhile, in the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, an exhibition featuring the Harmeny animated film, The Mice and the Bakers is continuing to spread joy with its storyline of kindness inspiring kindness.

“Our children have faced great challenges and often barriers to learning”, says Nikki. “Through these brilliant opportunities, they get a vital chance to shine, build self-belief and  experience success. This is so important for them, and great fun too.”

Help our children’s talents flourish

By supporting our Learning for Life Appeal, you will help us build better art facilities for our children to discover new talents and explore the creative arts. The new Learning Hub will double the size of our current facilities and provide more space for our children to explore the many different creative mediums available with support from their teachers. Find out how you can support the Appeal here.