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Talented Keith artist selected for Royal Scottish Academy showcase in Edinburgh following Visual Art Scotland award

By Abbie Duncan

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ONE of UHI Moray's latest graduates has been selected for a prestigious art showcase in Edinburgh.

Kirsty Duguid graduated UHI Moray with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fine Art. Picture: Beth Taylor
Kirsty Duguid graduated UHI Moray with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fine Art. Picture: Beth Taylor

Kirsty Duguid, from Keith, was part of UHI Moray's 2023 graduating class and received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree on the Elgin Town Hall stage on Friday (October 6). Along with receiving her degree, Kirsty's outstanding work has also earned her a place among Scotland's emerging artistic talents and she has been selected to take part in the Royal Scottish Academy's new contemporary art show next year.

The 24-year-old also won the Visual Art Scotland Graduate Showcase Award this year, a prestigious which recognises excellence excellence in visual arts across Scotland. Kirsty said: "It's something that we've always looked up to the whole time we've been studying; it's one of the biggest awards you can possibly win.

"Rachel McClure was selected from Moray, and she won the entire event down in Edinburgh, and that has been a massive inspiration of mine, so the fact that I've actually won it was just amazing."

Kirsty found out about her achievement during the opening night of UHI Moray's degree show when she entered a room filled with her artwork alongside her family, and saw the label on the wall announcing her award win. She said: "None of us knew who had won the awards until the opening night of the degree show. Walking into my room full of my artwork with my family and seeing the label on the wall that said I won the award was just amazing."

The Keith artist is now looking forward to showcasing her work in Edinburgh in March 2024 and is eager to see where the rest of her art career will bring her. Kirsty added: "I'm just going to keep creating art, and we'll see what happens next."

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