Fringe launches Schools Competition for 2016 Poster

Edinburgh Festival Fringe has launched its annual Schools Poster Competition, calling on Scottish youngsters to create their very own design for the 2016 Fringe poster.


The ever-popular competition was won last year by seven-year-old John Imray from St Mary’s School in Melrose, whose fun, square-headed Fringe performer caught the imagination of the judges.

John's design was selected as the official Fringe 2015 poster from a field of over 5300 entries sent by 171 schools, and was eventually seen all over the city on posters, bags, t-shirts and more.

Launching the 2016 competition, 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. 

She added:

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.

Schools have until March to get their entries in, with prizes of up to £750 awarded to the top three prize winners and their schools. The Fringe also selects fourteen regional winners, and all winning entries, as well as runners-up and shortlisted entries will be displayed at an exhibition in Edinburgh.

Art Teacher Deborah Wood, who taught 2015 competition winner John Imray, said:

Every year our art department and pupils look forward to entering the Fringe Schools Poster Competition – it radiates a buzz of creativity all around the school.
All of us at St Mary’s were thrilled to see John and his artwork in the press and of course to see his artwork on all of 2015’s varied merchandise. The prize money was a fabulous boost to our art department and has enriched the learning of our school community.

The Schools Poster Competition closes at 17:00 on Friday 4 March 2016. For full information on the competition, including entry pack and learning resources, please visit

Find out more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


  • John Imray and Kath M Mainland (credit James Glossop)
  • John Imray's winning design for the 2015 Fringe Schools Poster Competition

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