McGrigor welcomes double success of Campbeltown artists in JoLoMo awards

Highlands & Islands MSP, Jamie McGrigor, tabled a motion today, 21st June, in the Scottish Parliament congratulating two artists from Campbeltown who have won prestigious painting awards organised by the Jolomo Foundation.

Dawnne McGeachy, a Glasgow-based artist who is originally from Campbeltown won the 2013 Jolomo Bank of Scotland Painting Award; while Campbeltown Grammar school pupil Justine Nawrot was named recently as the winner of the 2013 Jolomo Schools Painting Award.

Jamie, who attended the recent event in the Scottish Parliament where Justine Nawrot was presented with her award and saw her winning painting in person, says: ‘I congratulate both Dawnne and Justine on their fantastic achievements in winning these awards in what is a significant double success for Campbeltown.  I wish them every success in the future.

‘I also want to commend very highly John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo) and the Jolomo Foundation for the work they do in organising and, with partners, funding these prestigious awards. These awards are very important to the arts sector in Scotland and are playing a big part in helping to boost Scotland’s international reputation for landscape painting.’

The Parliamentary Motion

Motion Number: S4M-07113
Lodged By: Jamie McGrigor
Date Lodged: 21/06/2013

Title: A Double Success for Campbeltown Painting Award Winners

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates Dawnne McGeachy, a Glasgow-based artist originally from Campbeltown in Argyll, on winning the 2013 Jolomo Bank of Scotland Painting Award; notes that what it considers this highly prestigious annual award was announced at a ceremony in Glasgow at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on 19 June 2013; also commends the runners-up, Ruth Nicol and Amy Dennis, and all those who entered the competition, which is Scotland’s biggest art prize and the largest privately funded arts awards in the UK; further congratulates Justine Nawrot, a pupil from Campbeltown Grammar School, on her success in winning the 2013 Jolomo Schools Painting Award; notes that this biennial award was presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning at an event in the Parliament on 6 June 2013; also commends all those who entered this competition, which promotes and encourages painting of Scottish landscapes and is open to senior pupils in all Scottish schools; is aware that both awards are organised by the Jolomo Foundation; pays warm tribute to John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo), one of Scotland’s most successful contemporary painters, whose retrospective, A Passion for Colour, is running at Clydebank Town Hall Museum and Gallery until 21 September, and to the Jolomo Foundation for what it considers its generous support of emerging artists living and working in Scotland and of budding artists at school, and hopes that these awards will continue to assist and inspire Scottish landscape artists for many years to come.

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2 Responses to McGrigor welcomes double success of Campbeltown artists in JoLoMo awards

  1. Gie’s peace newsie.

    This isn’t reporting – this is brown nosing.

    This is just a PR press release from a Tory MSP who probably:
    a) doesn’t know the first thing about it ’cause his office will have issued it, and

    b) wonders who the hell is Jolomo

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    • We are aware that Jamie McGrigor knows and is supportive of the work John Lowrie Morrison does.
      This is an artist – based in Argyll – who is not only successful in his own work, which has foregrounded Scotland’s land and seascapes but whose support for emerging artists, for art in schools and for a wide spectrum of charitable activities, is proactive and markedly generous.
      It is also worth noting that, although the award to Justine Nawrot took place in the Scottish Parliament, Jamie McGrigor is the only politician who has recognised the worth of the awards and of their recipients.
      We have had no communication on this from any other MSP – yet one of these awards is Scotland’s single biggest prize for art; and the other award reflects what must have been formative teaching at Campbeltown Grammar school.

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