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Sketch of Sir Tom is art prize winner for Inverness Holm resident

By Louise Glen

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Julia Brook with her prizewinning painting.
Julia Brook with her prizewinning painting.

Legendary fundraiser Captain Tom not only raised a fortune for the NHS, but helped a budding artist take the top prize in a community art competition to draw life in lockdown.

Holm Community Council ran the Art@Holm competition for adults and young people living in the community council area.

It saw artists of all ages submitting works of art, including a very special painting of Captain Tom, rainbows celebrating the NHS and a floral garden that captured the imagination of the judges.

Community Council chairman Murray McCheyne, said he and the panel of judges were delighted to announce the winner as Julia Brook, of Holm Dell Drive.

Mr McCheyne said: “Julia’s picture caught our eye as it features many scenes in our local area as well as picking up the competition’s theme life in lockdown.

“It was great to see Captain Tom depicted there as well!”

Captain Sir Thomas Moore, popularly known as Captain Tom, is a former British Army officer and centenarian, known for his achievements raising more than £39 million for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr McCheyne continued: “The competition was run over a number of weeks to allow as many people as possible to enter.

“Our first winner was a superb line drawing of a tawny owl, submitted by a primary four pupil from Holm Primary School.

“The competition prize was twofold, a £25 voucher for the winner in a local business/shop of their choice and a £25 donation to a charity of their choice.

“What is really pleasing about Julia’s win was her selfless donation of all her prize to her chosen charity, the Teapot Trust. The Teapot Trust do wonderful work, using art to help children and families cope with chronic medical conditions.

He continued: “It’s great that we have started to transition back to things being closer to ‘normal’ now that restrictions have eased.”

Commenting on her win Mrs Brook said: “I am delighted to win a prize in Art@Holm.

“Sketching and painting my lockdown walks for the competition gave me a positive focus during the restrictions and a permanent memory of this very strange year.”

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