Schools Poster Competition – supported by Virgin Money

The 2014 Fringe Schools Poster Competition has now closed, and we have once again been overwhelmed by the thousands of entries that we have received - a big thank you to all of the schools who took part!


First Prize 2013 - Iona Wishart, 5,
St Mary's School, Melrose

The winning poster will be unveiled in May, when we will publish a gallery of the top three designs and all of the regional winners on this page, along with details of the exhibition where this year's shortlisted and winning posters will be on display throughout the summer.

The schools that have shortlisted posters will be notified by post in April.

About the Competition

The Fringe Schools Poster Competition is one of the longest-running arts outreach projects in Scotland. Since its launch in 1980, it has inspired over 100,000 young people aged 5-16 from across Scotland to put their artistic and creative talents to the test and create a poster that reflects what the Fringe means to them.

Each year, the shortlisted posters are displayed in a special exhibition in Edinburgh throughout the summer. The winning design becomes the official poster for that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is used for a range of merchandise, from postcards and magnets to mugs and t-shirts.

Gallery of Past Winners and Finalists

Visit our gallery of past winners and finalists to see some of the colourful poster entries we have had over the years.

Fringe Video and Photo Galleries

The video and photo gallery has some fantastic images of scenes from the Fringe that can be used to develop discussions around the festival. There is also a useful video from well-known performers who have taken part in the Fringe. The Edfringe Youtube channel plays host to a number of short animated videos that can be used to inspire creativity!

Feedback from Schools

The Schools Poster Competition is such a valuable teaching aid and experience for all of our children and we would whole heartedly encourage any other schools to take the opportunity to have a go. After seeing Iona’s work in Edinburgh we were inspired to organise our own exhibition celebrating the creativity and diversity of all our pupils.

Deborah Wood, Head of Art St. Mary’s School Melrose

We were so proud for Marc when he won the Fringe Festival Poster Comp. It was a huge achievement for a child as young as Marc and gave our whole community a huge lift! The most exciting part for him was the cake!

We used some of the money to take his whole class to see the display and the rest of the money has allowed us to purchase some unusual art resources that otherwise would be just a wish.

Susanne McCafferty, Head Teacher, Bainsford Primary Schools

We were all delighted in school with Ailsa’s win. The prize money has greatly benefited the art department - it has been used to provide lasting departmental resources, such as a new embellisher for senior pupils to use for textiles projects and digital cameras for each classroom.

Joanne Campbell, Art Teacher, the High School of Dundee

I really enjoy offering this competition to my pupils as it is a particularly ideal Curriculum for Excellence project covering all bases. The pupils love it - a real design brief, with excellent resources available (via your website) and the incentive to win money...It is a project I look forward to working on and the pupils do too.

Jennifer Hay, Culloden Academy

A Greener Competition

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is part of the Green Venues initiative and is always looking at ways that we can reduce our environmental impact. In an effort to reduce our environmental impact we will continue to direct schools to our online entry pack and resources.

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