Oscar Marzaroli scholarships for Glasgow School of Art

A NEW programme of scholarships has been unveiled which will bear the name of the celebrated Glasgow photographer and The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) alumnus, Oscar Marzaroli.

The scholarships, funded by Celtic FC Foundation, are open to school pupils from Glasgow and across the West of Scotland.�They will be part of GSA’s widening participation and continuing education work and�enable pupils to undertake special workshops at the annual summer schools.

Oscar’s widow, Anne Marzaroli, said: ‘The family is pleased to see Oscar´s work and memory celebrated in this way. He was a great family man and always had time for children wherever his work took him.��

‘We wish all the young people who will benefit from this programme every success. We hope they will have the chance to enjoy the world of art every bit as much as Oscar did’.

No fewer than 54 young people will benefit from the opportunity this summer including pupils from Smithycroft Secondary School and St Anne’s Primary.

The scholarships are being made possible through funds raised with private donors and managed by the Club’s charitable arm.��

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell,�who is�a Trustee of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “Through this programme the Foundation is delighted to be both investing in talented youngsters and celebrating the talent and spirit of the great Oscar Marzaroli, a well-remembered friend of Celtic Football Club.

‘We hope that a generation of young artists will find a little of Oscar in their work and in how they choose to carry themselves.”

Smithycroft Head Teacher, Jean Miller, said: ‘I´m delighted that some of Smithycroft´s young people will be able to participate in this exciting opportunity. Their involvement in the summer school will allow them to develop their talents even further with the support of expert tutors from Glasgow School of Art.

“Summer programmes are a great way of engaging the interests of young people with specialist talents at a time when they no longer have access to teacher support. We look forward to hearing pupils’ stories at the end of the summer and building on this opportunity when they return to school in August.’

Louise Hamilton, Head Teacher of St Anne´s Primary School, added: ‘We are delighted to see our budding young artists being given the opportunity to develop their skills through this wonderful programme. Glasgow has such a wealth of opportunities and it is great to see our young children gaining access to such high quality resources in order to develop their talents and skills.”

Evelyn Gibson, Head Teacher at Saracen Primary School, added: ‘The summer holidays can be a challenging time for many of our children and parents. This is a great addition to our existing partnership with Celtic and gives a chance for talented youngsters to access opportunities which just wouldn´t be available otherwise ‘

Gordon Webb, Head of Continuing Education at the GSA, added: “We are delighted that the Oscar Marzaroli Scholarships will give young people the chance to experience GSA summer school.

‘It will give them the opportunity to work with experts from across the GSA and we hope it will give them the inspiration to develop their creativity both for leisure and as part of their academic studies.”