|23 November 2015|

Young Scottish artists are being asked to come up with an innovative and eye-catching design for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe poster.

Launching the 2016 Schools Poster Competition, which is supported by Virgin Money, Kath M Mainland, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:“I’m delighted to officially open the 2016 Fringe Schools Poster Competition, and invite all schools from across Scotland to take part.

“The competition is a fantastic way for students aged five to 16 to get creative in the classroom and inspires engagement with the arts.

“It’s really exciting to launch this competition as it marks the start of the run up to the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe season. Thanks to the support of Virgin Money, the successful poster design is used across Edinburgh and beyond to promote the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. And the winning entry, along with the runners-up and regional winners’ designs, will form an exhibition on display in the centre of Edinburgh throughout the summer for the public to enjoy. It really is a unique opportunity for schoolchildren to get their artwork seen by thousands of people.

“This year we’re hoping for another huge response from schools across Scotland.”

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 prize-winners and their schools. fourteen regional winners are also announced, and all winning entries, as well as runners-up and shortlisted entries form an exhibition on display in Edinburgh.

Head of Sponsorship Marketing at Virgin Money, Andrew Nicholson said: “Virgin Money is thrilled to support the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Schools Poster Competition. It is a brilliant initiative which inspires the imagination and creativity of Scotland’s young artists and it has become an important tradition over the 35 years it has been running.”