AN ART challenge has been launched at Newhailes House in Musselburgh again after the success of the first event last year.

Called ‘Newhailes Squared’, it culminates in an exhibition in the visitor attraction’s Stables Courtyard from January 20 to February 11 next year.

Artists both amateur and professional who want to take part are invited to submit a piece, with the only rule being their artwork must be 10x10 inches in size – no bigger or smaller.

The exhibition is open to those of all ages, including visitors, students and the local community.

All entries will be displayed and all media can be used, such as pencil, paint, sculpture or photography.

The theme for 2024 is ‘family’.

A spokesperson for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which cares for Newhailes, said: “We’re so looking forward to holding Newhailes Squared again.

“The first event drew in over 100 fantastic submissions and got the whole community involved.

“It was wonderful to see the love and affection that people hold for Newhailes and its stories and history. It clearly has a special place in the local community’s hearts!

“We wanted to celebrate this sense of connection again with a second Newhailes Squared event, and this year’s theme is ‘family’.

“Like so many of the properties the National Trust for Scotland cares for, Newhailes was a family home for hundreds of years, and it’s also a place where families of all ages have spent time and created shared memories.

“We’re hoping to attract even more entries than last year and look forward to sharing them with our visitors in an exhibition after Christmas as part of our charity’s work to provide access and enjoyment for everyone.”

The last entry date is January 9.

Entries can be handed into the information hub in the Stables Courtyard at Newhailes.

Entrants should ensure their name, email address and phone number are clearly written on the back of their submission.

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Newhailes is an 18th-century villa which was the home of the Dalrymple family for several centuries.

The property has been in the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1997.