New exhibition puts pupils in the picture

Veracity: The 2017 Creative Residency

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Talented pupils from schools across North Lanarkshire are the focus of a new exhibition at Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge.

The Creative Residency is a unique initiative open to S4 pupils with interests in 3-D design, creative writing, drawing and painting, music, printmaking, digital photography and drama.

The programme offers pupils the chance to take part in taster sessions before they apply for a week-long arts residency at Kilbowie Outdoor Centre near Oban.

Creative residency 2017 Isabelle Boyd, Assistant Chief Executive, Education, Youth and Communities, said: "The experience offers those pupils taking pat the opportunity to explore new ways of expressing themselves and to grow their skills in a supportive but still challenging atmosphere."

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education, added: "The quality of the artwork at the exhibition is extremely high and everyone should be very proud of the incredibly talented young people we have here in our area. We are grateful to everyone associated with the programme tutors, teachers and parents for all their support."

Molly McDines a pupil at St Ambrose HS said: "When I first went to the residency I was super scared that I wouldn't get along with the other writers and would feel intimidated by them. Instead, I met some of the nicest people who I've become really good friends with and intend on keeping in touch with.

"The course was really good too! Talking to a professional writer has significantly advanced my skills and I've learned a lot! I loved every minute of the course and the days passed far too quickly."

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