In light of the rapidly evolving pandemic of coronavirus Covid-19 in the UK, Europe and further afield, we have taken the decision to postpone the opening of the Wardlaw Museum and postpone all upcoming events at the University Museums.
This is one of a number of steps we are taking, based on expert medical advice and in close consultation with the Scottish Government, to minimise the spread of the virus, keep staff and students safe, and protect our local community.
This means that all schools workshops from 16 March onwards will be cancelled and no further bookings will be taken.
The competition closing date will be extended beyond Friday 3 April and we ask that no entries are submitted at the current time. Schools who have participated in a workshop will be updated via email about arrangements for entry submission. All other schools should check this website.
Please be assured that this is not a signal that the University is preparing to close. The University will continue to deliver teaching and assessment to the best of its ability.
The Young Artist Award is an annual art competition for schools in Fife. It aims to recognise and support creativity in schools, and promote learning using the University of St Andrews’ museum collections as a starting point.
The theme for this year’s competition is Animals Alive? and encourages pupils to create artworks that consider endangered species, extinction, survival and more using the animals and artworks from the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History.
Pupils can win vouchers or art materials worth up to £40 and see their work displayed in the new Wardlaw Museum in St Andrews.
The competition closes on Friday 3rd April 2020.
To support pupils’ participation in the competition, schools can book free, hands-on workshops designed to meet Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes.
These take place at the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History. Travel bursaries are available.
Secondary schools may also arrange classroom-based workshops with museums staff.
Bookings open from 15th November. Further details and teachers’ resources will be available soon.