Former Art Student Wins National Competition

A former Elmwood College student has beaten tough competition to win 1st place in the National Trust Scotland’s Art competition recently.

The competition brief was to create a piece of art, inspired by and including Scottish National Trust properties. Lesley Geyer Brooks, who completed the HNC Visual Communication course at the College, entered the ‘student’ category with her piece, ‘Culross Street Scene.’

Final judging of the Art Competition took place on Friday 10th September when 41 short-listed pieces of work from a total of 246 entries were brought to the  Drawing Room Gallery in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

Lesley was presented with her award and a £1000 prize at the National Trust’s annual general meeting in Glasgow on 25 September.

Lesley said, “The quality of work from the other artists was remarkable. I’m absolutely delighted that I was chosen, but still can’t quite believe it. I’d like to thank everyone for their support during the competition and to the organisers for helping to make it such a success.”

She continued, “After bringing up my family I now have more time for art and have just completed a very enjoyable year studying at Elmwood College. My recent work reflects a love of nature and is all created from memory of seeing a scene that has caught my eye in the passing or has been made up from a series of scenes.”

Elmwood Art & Design Lecturer, Susan Murray said, “Lesley was a hard working and self-motivated student. She has a fantastic talent and a very bright future ahead of her! Everyone at Elmwood would like to congratulate her on her win.”

You can view all of the winners names and the their entries at



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