Border schools invited to get in on the act

The countdown is on for Borders pupils to get their entries in for the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe schools poster competition.

Budding artists have until March 6 to submit their designs and be in with a chance of having their artwork featured as the official poster of the 2015 Fringe.

The 2014 competition received an impressive 400 entries from school children in the region and 10-year-old Lachlan Ferguson from St Mary’s School in Melrose was named regional winner. In 2013 the same school in Melrose entered the youngest ever national winner of the schools poster winner – five-year-old Iona Wishart.

Kath M Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, which organises the competition, supported by Virgin Money, said:

“The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the greatest arts festival in the world, is recognised all over the world and is an explosion of creativity and talent so we need something that really expresses that excitement and diversity to our audiences.

“I’d like to thank all of the teachers and schools who have actively embraced the schools poster competition throughout the years, as well as Virgin Money for their ongoing support and commitment to the project.”

Each year, the winning design is transformed into the official poster for the Fringe, and there are prizes of up to £750 for the top three artists and their schools. Students are also in with the chance of seeing their posters appear in an exhibition in Edinburgh throughout the summer.

Art Teacher Fraser Muirhead who taught 2014 competition winner Minnie Roe said: “The Fringe Competition is always a highlight of the school calendar. With relevant lesson plans suited to a variety of age levels we involve as many children from the school in the competition as possible.

“The Edinburgh Festival Fringe was hugely supportive and the attention given to the three shortlisted finalists made it a hugely memorable day for all. Minnie was delighted as was the rest of the school. All staff commented on the ‘real’ nature of the project and could not believe the exposure her design would get for winning.”

Entries for the Fringe Schools Poster Competition should be sent to: Schools Poster Competition, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS, no later than 5pm on Friday, March 6.

The competition is open to school children aged five to 16 years old. The entry pack and learning resources can be downloaded at www.edfringe.com/poster.

The cash prizes for the top three artists and their schools are: 1st School – £750, Pupil – £300; Runners-up (x 2) School – £400, Pupil – £150.The winner and runners-up will also receive six tickets each for the 2015 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert in Edinburgh.