BUDDING young artists from Clydebank are being urged to show-off their talents by entering the fifth annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition.

The competition, sponsored by the renowned artist and playwright in partnership with Education Scotland, aims to get pupils from P4 to S3 to channel their imagination and creativity into drawings.

There is no theme and entries can be of any size and created in any media, but they must be ‘drawings’.

Winners will receive a limited edition print by John, a voucher for art materials and a book token, while runners-up will receive a certificate specially designed by John. Entries close on March 1.

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John, who as well as being a celebrated artist, wrote TV shows Tutti Frutti, and Your Cheatin’ Heart, told the Post: “This is a great way to give young people in Clydebank the opportunity to harness their artistic skills and love for drawing.

“I’m hoping to see even more Clydebank pupils unveiling their creative talents this year.”

Last year’s competition saw around 6,000 drawings submitted from schools across the country.

Alan Armstrong, strategic director for Education Scotland, added: “Art and design is an important part of the curriculum.

“This competition aims to encourage pupils across Scotland to develop their drawing skills and use their creativity.

“Education Scotland is proud to be hosting this competition with John as it is a great way to raise the profile of drawing.”

The competition will run until March 1.

For rules and information visit education.gov.scot/news-and-events/events/national-drawing-competition-john-byrne.