Archie’s a winner in Fringe poster contest

Archie Reary with his winning poster.
Archie Reary with his winning poster.

A young Drumoak boy is the regional winner of a schools poster competition for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Archie Reary, who is six and attends Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen, was top in the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray area.

His poster will be displayed as part of a free public exhibition at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh from May 24-August 29.

It will be exhibited 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 contest is open to five to 16-year-olds across Scotland with entrants being asked to dcreate a poster design reflecting their interpretation of the Fringe.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society chief executive Shona McCarthy said: “Archie’s design was chosen as the winner from all the entries received from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray - it beautifully captures the essence of what the Fringe is all about.”

Joanna Holdsworth, Robert Gordon’s College teacher of art, said: “We are all thrilled that Archie has been named as the Fringe Poster Schools competition regional winner for Aberdeen, Aberdeeenshire and Moray.

“I really enjoy offering this competition to our pupils. They really embrace the experience of following a design brief with excitement building as they await the result. It is a fantastic experience for all the children to participate in.”

P1 pupil Archie added: “I enjoyed drawing and painting my picture.

“I wanted it to be bright and colourful and I like stripy things. I like doing red spiky hair because it looks cool. “I would like to be an artist when I grow up.”

The 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 full programme for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe is launched on Wednesday, June 8.