Art challenge set to inspire Midlothian

An exciting and innovative partnership project between SQA and Midlothian Council is sure to get the creative juices flowing in the county.
The Midlothian Art Challenge is open to anyone in the local community including primary and secondary school pupils, college students, community groups, art clubs and youth groups.
Art Challenge promoThere are three elements to the Midlothian Art Challenge. Entrants can participate in as many parts of the competition as they wish.
The first element of the challenge is creating artwork for the reception areas of our new building at Shawfair Business Park on the outskirts of Dalkeith.
The new building will have three large walls in the reception areas and we're looking for high impact artwork on each wall that will emphasise our commitment to the region, its local communities and the unique role we have in Scottish education and training.
The theme for these pieces of work should be inspired by the following ideas: Midlothian, achievement, success, progress, moving forward and new beginnings.
The second element of the challenge is to create artwork which will be displayed in the new building’s 25 meeting rooms, each of which is dedicated to a famous Scot. 
The artwork for each room should visually represent the person it is dedicated to, focusing either on their background or their contribution to society and humanity.
This can also take the form of a multimedia presentation that can be shown in the new building’s reception area.
The final element of the challenge is to develop a brand for the new on-site restaurant and coffee shop. Members of the local community will be able to use the facilities, including free WiFi access.
Dr Janet Brown, SQA chief executive, said: “We have given a commitment to retain our operations in Midlothian. A number of initiatives are under discussion between SQA and Midlothian Council that involve collaboration on community based activities involving local schools and the wider community. 
“I’m very keen to see the results of our first collaboration and the creativity local schools and community groups will employ to design and create artwork for our new site at Shawfair.”
Councillor Peter Boyes, cabinet member for education at Midlothian Council, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or groups in Midlothian to be part of an exciting project and to get their talents recognised and displayed in a prestigious new building. We were delighted that the SQA is remaining in Midlothian and we look forward to working with them in other collaborative projects which help to promote lifelong learning across Midlothian communities."
An information pack is available if you want to find out more and enter the competition. Application packs can be requested by sending your details to or by phoning 0345 213 5997.