Rossie pupil’s poster named as Fringe winner

Mirren Milne's winning design.

Mirren Milne's winning design.

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Rossie School pupil Mirren Milne (16) has been named as a regional winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Schools Poster Competition.

Mirren’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, 2016, alongside 13 other regional winners, the top three prize-winners and 154 short-listed designs, making it the largest exhibition in the competition’s history.

The competition attracted entries from more schools this year – with a total of 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 16 year olds across 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.”

“Mirren’s design was chosen as the winner from all of the entries received from Dundee and Angus – it beautifully captures the essence of what the Fringe is all about and will be on display for everyone to see at Dynamic Earth over the summer.

“I have no doubt Rossie School, Mirren’s family and classmates are very proud of her.”

Andrew Nicholson, Head of Sponsorship Marketing for Virgin Money said: “Virgin Money is delighted to continue to support the Fringe’s Schools Poster Competition – every year, it’s fantastic to see just how many schools and pupils engage with the competition, and with it the Fringe.

“Mirren’s design shows obvious talent and her poster stood out as eye-catching and original. It’s a privilege to announce Mirren Milne as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Schools Poster Competition regional winner for Dundee and Angus.”

In the past 36 years the competition has received over 100,000 entries. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society provides schools and teachers with comprehensive resources and lesson plans in line with the Curriculum for Excellence to get the most out of the competition.

The top three winners of the competition will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony and exhibition launch on May 24 at Dynamic Earth. The winning design becomes the official poster for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is used on mugs, T-shirts and other merchandise available at the edfringe shop and online.

The full programme for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe is launched on Wednesday, June 8. Tickets for a number of shows are already on sale at edfringe.com