Strong line-up in Aids Day artwork competition final

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The winning designs in an art competition to mark World Aids Day are now on display in Forth Valley Royal.

To promote the 25th anniversary of the awareness day, NHS Forth Valley’s sexual health team invited local schools and colleges to create uplifting pieces of art which fell in with the theme of HIV, Alive and Well.

The winners were Catrina Ward with ‘A strength from within’, Hayleigh Marie Grant ‘Physical Innate Adaptive’ and Harmony Rose Smith ‘Silent Warfare’.

Runners up were Jennifer Donnachie, Gillian Barclay, Helen Mitchell and Claire Hall.

The winners were presented with vouchers to purchase art supplies.

Dr Kirsty Abu-Rajab, NHS Forth Valley’s consultant in Genitourinary and HIV medicine said: “I am delighted and inspired by this exhibition and welcome the opportunity to remind the Forth Valley community that HIV is still present.”

Lecturer in Creative Industries at Forth Valley College Dorothy Balmer said: “We were delighted to be given the opportunity to undertake this challenging yet inspirational brief.

“I think what comes across is the diversity of concepts that the students have come up with and how personally they have responded to the theme.

“Each piece holds an individual message.”