Regional winners of the 2018 Schools Poster Competition revealed
25 April 2018
Winning designs from the 14 regional winners of the 2018 Fringe Schools Poster Competition will be displayed as part of a free exhibition at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh from 22 May to the 27 August 2018, alongside entries from 13 other regional winners, three overall winners, and more than 150 shortlisted designs. You can find out more about the regional winners designs in our gallery.
The winners were selected by a judging panel that included representatives from City of Edinburgh Council, Dynamic Earth, the Fringe Society, competition sponsors Virgin Money and the competition’s champion artist, Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng. To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People, Morvern Graham, an Illustration student at Edinburgh College, also sat on the panel as a young judge.
The competition launched in 1980 and is one of Scotland’s longest-running arts outreach projects. Over the past 38 years, more than 100,000 young people have taken part.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said:
“The Fringe Schools Poster Competition has played a crucial role in introducing schoolchildren to all that the Fringe has to offer for nearly 40 years. We have had a fantastic response from schools in 2018, with submissions from 4,680 pupils across the country. The quality and creativity of the entries received was truly inspiring, and the judging panel had a fun – but very tough – job selecting this year’s winners.
“We were delighted to welcome Morvern Graham to the competition’s judging panel, as part of our programme of activity for Scotland’s Year of Young People. Morvern made an excellent contribution to the judging process, bringing energy, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to the panel.
“Engaging with the next generation of Fringe performers and audience members continues to be a key priority for the Fringe Society. Over the coming years we will work to broaden and develop our creative learning programme, to create new opportunities for young people, and stronger ties between the Fringe and schools in Scotland.”
198 classes from 137 schools across Scotland entered the competition, with more than 4,680 pupils submitting Edinburgh Festival Fringe-inspired poster designs.
Andrew Nicholson, Brand Director for Virgin Money, said:
“Congratulations to all the schools and pupils that participated in this year’s Fringe Schools Poster Competition. Virgin Money is proud to support this initiative, which has provided an opportunity for so many of Scotland’s schoolchildren to develop their creative skills and share their ideas about the Fringe.”
The three overall winners will be announced at a prize-giving event on 21 May at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.