WINNERS have been unveiled for Fife’s biggest annual arts competition.

The top entries were announced at the official opening of the 2019 Fife Art Exhibition, which is sponsored by Shell UK, at the Lochgelly Centre.

The winners from the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area are: Thomas Cargill, Cowdenbeath, 'The Over Thinker'; Moira S MacPherson, Kelty, 'Tuppence a Bag'; and Craft Award – Angela Braisher, Lochgelly, 'Matchstick Jewellery Box';

The six winning works will be purchased by Shell and presented to Fife hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Each of the artists also received a Shell award of £200.

This year’s exhibition, which has been running for 36 years, attracted nearly 200 entries from amateur artists in the Kingdom and the works now line the walls in the Lochgelly Centre’s public spaces.

“The winners’ works impressed the judges with their stand-out quality,” said Gillian Parsons, programming and engagement officer, Fife Cultural Trust (ONFife).

“The presentation night is always an exciting occasion because as well as announcing the winners, we get to see the full exhibition and the breadth of the work on show at the Lochgelly Centre is a reflection of the range and high standard of amateur artists we have in Fife.”

Guests on Friday included Councillor Linda Erskine, chair of Cowdenbeath Area Committee, Teresa Waddington, plant manager, Shell, Mossmorran, and Sinead Braiden, non-executive director, NHS Fife.

The evening was hosted by Councillor Lesley Backhouse, vice convener of Fife Council’s Community and Housing Committee, who is also a board member of Fife Cultural Trust, who also presented the prizes.

The exhibition runs at the Lochgelly Centre until November 23 and Gillian urged the public to drop in at the Centre and view the display.