A rip-roaring well done to all the children who took part in the Design a Shield workshops across ANGUSalive facilities during the school holidays.
Around 100 primary school-age children from across Angus attended the free Dragon Matrix craft workshops to produce their own special heraldic shields and at the same time join the Dragon Protection League.
Congratulations go to overall winner, eight-year-old Katarzyna Zyskowska for her splendid design.
Katarzyna took part in the competition at Arbroath Library. Her spellbinding shield design earned her opening night family tickets to the swashbuckling Sinbad pantomime at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath, as well as a host of Dragon Matrix goodies and a Dragon Protection League certificate.
Second prize went to Daisy Mackie (4), who created her shield at Montrose Sports Centre and third place to Lily Phoenix May (7) who designed her shield at Montrose Museum. Both will receive Dragon Matrix goodies and a certificate.
Kirsty Hunter, Chief Executive of ANGUSalive said, “The standard of all the children’s artwork was fantastic, leaving our judges with a very difficult task to pick out a winner.
“It has been really impressive to see the imagination shown in the childrens’ work, as they linked their own family backgrounds with the history of Angus.
“Katarzyna’s entry captured the essence of a heraldic shield perfectly and certainly captivated our judges. Thanks to the Forest Walker from Vision Mechanics (creators of Dragon Matrix) and Jake Stewart, ANGUSalive exhibitions officer for judging the entries.”
Symon Macintyre, Artistic Director, Vision Mechanics, said: “We would like to congratulate Katarzyna on her fantastic design and were delighted to see all of the shields which were made throughout the holiday period. It was great to see the children and wider communities embrace the whole concept of creating their own dragon shields, and get truly immersed in the spirit of Dragon Matrix!”
All the winning shields will be on display at the Ranger’s Centre at Monikie Country Park, with the other shields all on display throughout the park until 31 October.
Dragon Matrix, the augmented light reality show featuring dragons and other magical creatures within the theatrically lit woods of Monikie Country Park, runs until 31 October.
Visitors are being urged to download the Dragon Matrix App prior to their visit.
Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.dragonmatrix.org.uk.
The Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-6pm and on Saturday, between 10am and 3pm. On performance nights, the Box Office hours will be extended, changing to Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-7.30-pm and on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm-7.30pm.
The main Woodland area and access to the North Pond at Monikie Country Park will be closed from 3 to 30 October. All other walks and trails, as well as access to all facilities are open as normal.
Further information is available at:
Website – dragonmatrix.org.uk
Facebook – facebook.com/VMDragonMatrix
Twitter – twitter.com/vmdragonmatrix
Instagram – instagram.com/dragonmatrix2016
NOTE TO EDITORS
ANGUSalive is Scotland’s newest culture, sport and leisure trust has been operating since December 2015. The trust offers residents and visitors to Angus a wealth of services which promote healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices using our sports centres, country parks, theatres and venues, museums, galleries, archives and libraries across the county. For more information visit: https://www.angusalive.scot/ or https://www.facebook.com/ANGUSalive.Scot/
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