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Youngsters invited to take part in Glenrothes photo competition

27 April 2012

Young people in Glenrothes are being asked to celebrate their town’s public art in a photo competition that will culminate in an exhibition in Rothes Halls this summer.

Historic Scotland has recently recognised the importance of Glenrothes public art by listing several sculptures, and the agency has also produced a free downloadable booklet offering maps and trails.

These unique art works are being recognised by Historic Scotland with a competition that aims to reflect the diverse and exciting range of 140 public sculptures, which have become integral to the town’s character.

Begun in the mid-1960s, public art was integral to creating a new community and Glenrothes Development Corporation decided to employ a town artist. This pioneering approach, which broke new ground in the United Kingdom, aroused widespread interest at home and abroad, and the artists that became involved were subsequently invited to take the Glenrothes message to countries including the USA, Japan and Australia.

Now the town’s youngsters can help celebrate this achievement by photographing their favourite sculptures, using cameras or mobile phones.

At Historic Scotland, Head of Listing and Designed Landscapes Elizabeth McCrone said: “Town art in Glenrothes is significant in both a Scottish and international context, and shows that art can be a key factor in creating a sense of place.

“The sculptures range from figurative to abstract, from humorous to contemplative. They are great fun, and make you smile. This is art for everyone, and we hope that local youngsters will join in with this fun spirit and take great photos for the competition.”

The collection ranges from naturalistic figures, such as “The Working Men” by Malcolm Robertson, to huge animal sculptures including “Feeding Hippos”, by Stanley Bonnar, and abstract works such as “Henge” by David Harding, a take on the Stonehenge theme which replaces the original stones with concrete panels decorated with symbols and quotations.

Historic Scotland’s project to create the Town Art Walk has also led to the agency’s first use of a “QR” tag for smartphones, which allows people carrying the booklet to download a video describing the art work.

The “My Place” photo competition is open in two categories, under 16 years old, and 16 and over, with prizes for all winners. Full details of how to enter can be found at

Entrants must be aged eight years or over, and can submit up to three photos each, by email to, or on CD by posting to Glenrothes Art Photography Competition, Listing and Designed Landscapes Team, Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH.

Each category winner will receive a year’s membership to Historic Scotland plus £50 in vouchers redeemable at the Kingdom Centre in Glenrothes, with second place winners receiving £25 in vouchers for the Kingdom Centre and a free single entry to an Historic Scotland property.

The closing date has been extended to Friday, May 18th, and winners will be announced on June 1st on the Historic Scotland web site.

Images from the contest will be displayed in a public exhibition at the town’s Rothes Halls, from July 2nd until August 9th.

Notes for editors
  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                             Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805