Thursday, 28 March 2013

Award - Dame Elizabeth Blackadder

The Edinburgh Award was presented to local Grange resident Dame Elizabeth Blackadder this evening.

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, the Queen’s Painter in Scotland, received an engraved Loving Cup at the ceremony, presented by the Lord Provost. Ron Butlin, the Edinburgh Makar, then recited a poem commissioned especially for the occasion.

An impression of her handprints has been immortalised on a flagstone in the City Chambers quadrangle alongside those of previous Edinburgh Award recipients Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, George Kerr, Sir Chris Hoy and Professor Peter Higgs.

Donald Wilson, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, said:
"I am delighted to present the 2012 Edinburgh Award to Dame Elizabeth, widely thought of as one of Scotland’s finest painters.

“The Edinburgh Award enables the people of Edinburgh to pay a lasting tribute to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the city, and Dame Elizabeth has done exactly that by devoting her life to the creation of wonderful pictures that delight and inspire all who see them."

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