Artist David Mach meets pupils from his former Fife school at City Art Centre

A group of budding Scottish artists were treated to an audience with their school's best known alumnus, David Mach RA RSA, at Edinburgh's City Art Centre today.

Pupils from Buckhaven High School in Fife came to the Capital to meet the internationally-acclaimed contemporary artist, who hails from Methil, and to explore the works in his current, sensational exhibition Precious Light: A Celebration of the King James Bible 1611-2011.

The 19 Standard Grade (S4) and five Advanced Higher (S6) students were accompanied by their teacher, Micha Weir, who herself is a former Buckhaven High School pupil.

Before meeting the group of pupils, David Mach, who earlier this month scooped a prestigious Herald Angel award for visual art, said: "Strange to talk to pupils from an institution I last set foot in 1974 but I'm excited to do it and looking forward to it."

Micha Weir, Principal teacher of Art and Design at Buckhaven High School, said: "This visit is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to meet an internationally renowned artist who was himself a pupil at their own school. This will give them a great incentive for their own future careers in that it gives them a chance to meet a living, breathing highly creative individual who has moved on from his education in Buckhaven High School to a world stage."

David Mach Precious Light: A Celebration of the King James Bible 1611-2011 opened on 30 July and has been generating rave reviews from critics and gallery-goers alike.

The explosive exhibition covers five floors of the City Art Centre in Market Street. Over three years in the making, Precious Light explores the themes and legacy of the King James Bible in the year of its 400th anniversary.

The Turner Prize-nominated artist's largest solo show to date, it features more than 70 of his trademark collages and large-scale sculptures composed of thousands of mass produced objects such as coathangers and live matches.

The exhibition is open daily at the City Art Centre until 16 October 2011.

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