Naomi wins poster competition

Naomi McCreath, of Primary 2 at Carsphairn Primary
Naomi McCreath, of Primary 2 at Carsphairn Primary

A delightful drawing of a Belted Galloway cow by a talented six-year-old schoolgirl has won the Spring Fling poster competition.

The picture by Naomi McCreath, of Primary 2 at Carsphairn Primary, is now being used all over the country to promote Scotland’s premier visual art and craft open studios event which takes place from May 24-26.

There were also 19 winners of individual school prizes.

All the winning entries are now on display at the Gracefield Art Centre in Dumfries, where the Spring Fling @ Home exhibition is on.

Leah Black, Spring Fling director, said: “The competition was really popular with over 230 entries from 20 primary schools across the region. There were some really lovely pictures and it was very hard to decide on winners.

“We chose Naomi’s picture in the end because it’s really bright and lots of fun – and because Belties are such a distinctive symbol of the region. I would like to thank everyone who took part and congratulate them on the great work they produced.”

The theme of the competition was “What Dumfries and Galloway means to me”. Some 300 copies of the winning picture have been turned into posters and are being distributed across the UK as the official poster for Spring Fling 2014.

First prize was £100 for the winner and £200 for their school and the runners-up received £50 each plus £100 for their school.

The competition was supported by the Archie Sutter Watt Trust, which was set up in memory of the famous and well-loved Galloway artist.

The competition was run by Spring Fling in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council Education Services and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust.

All the winning posters can be seen at