Ar­ryann’s art­work is Fringe hit

Edinburgh Festival tri­umph

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS - Rachel Clark

A Blair­gowrie teenager has been an­nounced as the Perth and Kin­ross win­ner of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe schools poster com­pe­ti­tion.

Ar­ryann Dun­can (14) from Blair­gowrie High School won the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion, and will now have her win­ning de­sign dis­played at Dy­namic Earth in Edinburgh.

And fel­low Blair­gowrie High School pupil Jenna Simp­son was the re­gional run­ner-up in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which was ini­tially launched in 1980, sees chil­dren from across Scot­land de­sign posters for a chance to be fea­tured on the front cover of the Fringe brochure.

This year, 238 classes from 187 schools across the coun­try en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion to mark the Edinburgh Fringe’s 70th an­niver­sary.

The com­pe­ti­tion was judged by a panel of ex­perts, in­clud­ing the com­pe­ti­tion’s cham­pion artist Jon Bishop who com­mented: “Creativ­ity is some­thing to be cel­e­brated and nur­tured both in school and through­out life.

“Ar­ryann’s en­try ex­per­i­ments with depths and scale, and shows the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

“The mo­saic ex­plo­sion il­lus­trates the wealth of cul­ture on dis­play at the Fringe.”

Shona McCarthy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe So­ci­ety’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse to the com­pe­ti­tion in this our 70th an­niver­sary year.

“The va­ri­ety of ideas and dif­fer­ent cre­ative tech­niques we re­ceived from across Scot­land were truly in­spir­ing.

“It’s won­der­ful to see so much creativ­ity which made it in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult for the judg­ing panel to se­lect the winners.

“The Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival and the great­est plat­form on earth for cre­ative free­dom - it presents a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for school chil­dren across Scot­land to learn about, and to en­gage in, the arts and cre­ative in­dus­tries.

“The Fringe So­ci­ety has an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing teach­ers and young peo­ple to en­hance these skills for the fu­ture.”

Prin­ci­pal teacher of art and de­sign at Blair­gowrie High School, Sam Kennedy, added: “There were 5,000 en­tries in the com­pe­ti­tion and the girls both did bril­liantly.

“We are re­ally proud of them and are look­ing for­ward to see­ing their work in the ex­hi­bi­tion and gallery this sum­mer.”

The girls’ win­ning de­sign will be on dis­play at a free ex­hi­bi­tion in Edinburgh’s Dy­namic Earth from June 6 un­til Au­gust 28.

Re­gional winners Pupils Ar­ryann Dun­can (right) and Jenna Simp­son

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