On Monday, we attended the presentation for the the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Schools Poster competition at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The Fringe Schools Poster competition was launched in 1980 and is one of the longest-running arts outreach projects in Scotland. The competition is open to all schoolchildren between primary 1 and senior 6 across Scotland and in the past 37 years, the competition has received over 100,000 entries.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one winner was selected from each age category resulting in 3 versions of the programme cover being produced for 2017 with an additional entrant receiving a Special Commendation for Artistic Merit.
The three winners were Helen Willder, age 6 from George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, Tom Dolby, age 8 from St Mary’s School in Melrose and Orla Henaghen, age 13 from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Area. These three talented winners will now see their designs as the front cover of thousands of Edinburgh Fringe programmes as well jotters, postcards, posters and magnets available to buy in the Fringe shop and at edfringe.com. The Special Commendation prize was awarded to Timothy Cox, age 14 of Charleston Academy, who created a stunning piece that will be available as a postcard and poster from the Fringe Shop on Edinburgh Royal Mile.
It was great to see, not only the winners, but also the young artists who submitted their own creations for the competition. The choir from Longstone Primary School entertained everyone with a few songs including a brilliant version of Justin Timberlake’s “Cant Stop the Feeling”. There was also an opportunity to try out your hips on a hula hoop, the children were great whereas the grownups on the other hand…
The top three prize-winners, as well as all of the 14 Regional Winners and over 150 short-listed entries, will be displayed in a special exhibition at Dynamic Earth at the foot of Holyrood Road throughout the summer and for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.