A PORTRAIT made from 6,000 images - of actors, film stars, graduations, performances, rehearsals and openings - has been unveiled to mark the departure of the principal of Scotland's leading talent school.

Stars and alumni including James McAvoy, Ruby Wax, Annie Lennox, Billy Connolly, Tilda Swinton, Karen Cargill, David Tennant, Richard Madden and more are present in the portrait of Professor John Wallace, who will retire from the Royal Conser-vatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow in September.

The portrait is the idea of Ken Dundas, photographer for the RCS. He said: "I wanted to do something special. John has done so much for the Conservatoire and everyone wanted to celebrate his legacy. The portrait is like a giant jigsaw and each image represents a moment in John's history in the Royal Conservatoire."

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Professor Wallace said: "I am delighted with this portrait and feel humbled that so much time, effort and thought has gone into it. Running a place like the Royal Conservatoire is all about the people. My role has been to create the environment to give everyone the headroom to realise their incredibly fertile imaginations.

"So that's why my portrait isn't really me, it's 6,000 wee pictures of all the staff and students."