EdFringe Poster Comp

Oct 11 2017 | By More

Details for 2018 EdFringe Schools Competition

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has appointed Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng as champion artist for the annual Fringe Schools Poster Competition, which opens today, October 11 2017.

Ursula Cheng is an illustrator and live drawing artist based in Glasgow. She has invited schoolchildren across Scotland to submit their artistic impressions of the Edinburgh Fringe through any form of creative art.

Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng outside the Fringe Office. Pic EdFringe

Three winning entries will feature as the official posters for the 2018 Fringe. The competition, supported by Virgin Money, opens today and the deadline for entries is Friday 9 March 2018.

As champion of the competition, Ursula will be delivering a free interactive workshop for teachers, showcasing digital drawing techniques and working with spray paints and stencils. The aim is to introduce teachers to working with new mediums which they can take back to the classroom to inspire and empower creative thinking.

The artist, who has created artworks for Hidden Door Festival, Chemikal Underground Records and Urban Outfitters, will also sit on the competition’s judging panel and attend the exhibition’s opening event as guest of honour.

Launching the 2018 competition, Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng said: “The competition encourages imaginative minds to action their creativity and ideas, using any artform that appeals to them. I’m really looking forward to seeing the diverse, inventive and original works that Scotland’s schoolchildren produce, reflecting their impressions of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”


Fringe chief executive Shona McCarthy said the competition is: “a fantastic opportunity for the Fringe to engage with schools across Scotland, encouraging children to express themselves creatively and helping them develop as individuals and successful learners.

“Every year the quality and variety of entries we receive is astounding, demonstrating the exceptional talents of Scotland’s schoolchildren and providing an insight into their unique perceptions of the Fringe.”

Shona McCarthy with 2017 winners: Orla Henaghen, Helen Willder and Tom Dolby.

The relaunch of the competition in 2017 saw a 62% increase in the number of schools participating, with 5,000 entries from 187 schools across the country. As part of the Fringe’s 70th anniversary celebrations, the three winning designs featured as the cover designs of the official 2017 Fringe Programme.

McCarthy added: “We hope to see a huge response from schools across Scotland again in 2018, and I look forward to being inspired by the designs submitted.”

This year’s competition will be judged in three different age categories, Primary 1 – 3, Primary 4 –7, and Senior 1 – 6. One overall winner will be selected in each age category, alongside 14 regional winners. Winning designs will feature in an exhibition, alongside 150 other shortlisted entries, that will take place at Dynamic Earth between June and August 2018.

The Creative Stars award will also return in 2018 for the individual pupil, teacher, class or school who go the extra mile in creating their Fringe poster design. In 2017, the winners of this award were Castlebrae Community High School’s Lunchtime Art Club, who ran a collaborative workshop with pupils, sharing ideas and working together to create their final artwork.

Details and links

Postal 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 17:00 Friday 9 March 2018.

Online entries can be submitted by visiting www.edfringe.com/poster.

The competition is open to all Primary 1 to Senior 6 pupils at schools in Scotland. Full details of the competition along with the entry pack, prize information and learning resources can be downloaded at www.edfringe.com/poster.

The prizes for the top three artists and their schools are:

Pupils – £150 (cash) and £150 arts and culture voucher.

Schools – £250 (cash) and £250 arts and culture voucher.


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