Five-year-old Ophelia Williams from St. Mary’s School Melrose has been named the Scottish Borders regional winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Schools Poster Competition.
Ophelia’s winning poster will be displayed as part of a special free exhibition, open to the public, at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh from May 24 to August 29, alongside 13 other regional winners, the top three prize-winners and 154 shortlisted designs, making it the largest exhibition in the competition’s history.
The competition attracted entries from 175 schools, producing 4,979 eye-catching, creative and utterly original submissions. Supported by Virgin Money, the competition launched in 1980 and is one of Scotland’s longest-running arts outreach projects. Open to all five to sixteen-year-olds in Scotland. Entrants are asked to create a poster design reflecting their interpretation of the Fringe.
Chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Shona McCarthy said: “I was thrilled to join my colleagues on the judging panel for my first Schools Poster Competition and was blown away by the sheer variety and talent on display, as well as inspired by how diverse and personal each child’s interpretation of the Fringe was. It is fantastic to see so many schools and pupils creatively engaging with the Fringe, and I look forward to developing these relationships with the Fringe in the coming years.
“Ophelia’s design was chosen as the winner from all of the entries received from the Borders – it beautifully captures the essence of what the Fringe is all about.”