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First's Buses Showcase North East Schools' Art Winners

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Aberdeen based transport operator, FirstGroup, has donated twenty of its buses to showcase winning self portraits created by North East secondary pupils in Thorpe Molloy Recruitment’s annual an art competition.

More than 100 S1 and S2 school pupils in Aberdeen City and Shire entered the creative competition entitled ‘My Future Aspirations.’  The competition challenged youngsters to create a self portrait expressing their future career hopes along with a short written narrative to support their entry.  The submissions were judged by a panel of five from the worlds of art, business and education.

The winning 12 entries, already on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery, now feature as large vinyl advertisements on the sides of 20 First buses in Aberdeen.

Overall winner was James Mitchell (12) a pupil at Turriff Academy.  He said: “It’s brilliant that my portrait is on display at the Aberdeen Art Gallery, but it’s absolutely amazing to see it on the side of a First bus!  It’s a terrific early Christmas present.” 

First decided to donate the advertising space, worth more than £10k, to help showcase the competition and lend support to Maggie’s, which is raising funds for a new cancer support centre at ARI.  Sale proceeds from Thorpe Molloy Recruitment’s calendar, which features the winning 12 entires, will be donated to Maggies and are available for purchase at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

“I’m very pleased we have been able to support such a fantastic competition,” said Avril Gill, FirstGroup’s Marketing Manager.  “Encouraging young people to think about their future is very important and it was great to see so much talent and ambition in their plans for the years ahead.”

She continued: “Our buses are seen by tens of thousands of people every day in the city and is a fantastic means of highlighting the competition.  Our buses will raise awareness of ‘My Future Aspirations’, encourage people to visit the Gallery and hopefully help raise funds for Maggie’s.”

Karen Molloy, Director of Thorpe Molloy Recruitment, commented on the event which has proved to be a resounding success for the third consecutive year:  “We are very grateful to First for its help both in the judging of the competition and the fantastic showcase they have put on for the most successful entries.  The opportunity for these pupils to have their work displayed to the entire city is tremendously exciting.”

Forty self portraits from participating north east schools are on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery until 16 January.  The winning self portraits feature in Thorpe Molloy Recruitment’s 2012 calendar, which is being sold in the Aberdeen Art Gallery shop.  All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be donated to Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal.

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