National art coup goes to youngster

Eilidh Fernando Campbell
Eilidh Fernando Campbell

A Kirkcudbright pupil has won a National Geographic young artist competition and her work is now on display in London.

Ten-year-old Eilidh Fernando Campbell beat off her competitors to scoop the winning title in the competition, run in conjunction with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London in the National Geographic Kids magazine.

Eilidh’s masterpiece of a stunning exotic bird was unveiled at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! and is now on display on the fifth floor of the attraction amongst other unusual and wonderful artwork, including a portrait of Michelle Obama made entirely from bottle caps and a portrait of Michael Jackson made from sweets.

Elidih’s mother, Samantha Fernando said: “Eilidh was bubbling over with excitement when she found out.

“She is always drawing and creating different masterpieces, so it is great to see her artwork being celebrated in this way, where other children will be able to see it and enjoy it as much as we do.”

Naomi Finn at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London added: “Eilidh’s portrait is a brilliant addition to the collection of over 700 unbelievable exhibits and artefacts we have here at Ripley’s London.”

The competition theme was in line with animated films, Rio and Rio 2, the director of which was a star judge. The rules were clear - create abird art using any medium from cryons to watercolours and anything in between.

Eilidh also won Crayola and Rio goodies and was treated to a five-star trip to London.