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2014 Fringe Schools Poster Competition

erin_shortlist_posterIn an amazing achievement, Erin has been shortlisted from 3,400 participants to exhibit her work at Edinburgh’s ‘Museum of Childhood’ on the Royal Mile from 23 May until 25 August – make it a date if you can.

Further details can be found online at: https://www.edfringe.com/about-us/poster from 22 May.

The Fringe Schools Poster Competition is one of the longest-running arts outreach projects in Scotland. It was launched in 1980 and since then over 100,000 young people aged from 5 – 16 across Scotland have put their artistic and creative talents to the test to create a poster that reflects what the Fringe means.

Each year, the shortlisted posters are displayed in a special exhibition in Edinburgh throughout the summer. The winning design becomes the official poster for that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is used for a range of merchandise, from postcards and magnets to mugs and t-shirts.

Shona Johnston the Art Teacher said, I really enjoy offering this competition to pupils as it is a particularly ideal Curriculum for Excellence project covering all bases. The competition is a valuable teaching aid and experience for all of our pupils from 5 – 16. The pupils love it – a real design brief with excellent resources available and the incentive to win money. It is a project I always look forward to working on.

Thank you and well done to all who took part. Erin, take a bow!

Looking For Scotland’s Top Nature Photos

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The hunt for Scotland’s best nature pictures is on, as part of a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) contest to celebrate Scottish Biodiversity Week.

The fifth annual Nature Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with a professional photographer; second prize is a Olympus E-450 Digital SLR camera; and third prize is a Panasonic Lumix F245 Digital Camera and a Hama Star tripod.

This free contest celebrates Scottish Biodiversity Week, which runs from 21 to 29 May. For more information on the week’s activities throughout Scotland, see www.snh.gov.uk/biodiversityweek.

This year’s theme is the gifts which nature gives to us all. SNH is looking for pictures which show these gifts, whether they are practical gifts like oxygen, food and water, or more spiritual gifts like awe, serenity or inspiration. Scottish Biodiversity Week organiser, Zeshan Akhter, said:
“Nature gives us so many gifts every day – actually, every moment and every breath we take. But it’s easy to take nature for granted. I think that’s the reason why pictures of wildlife move us so much: because we are reminded of our connection to the natural world. I always look forward to seeing what inspires people about nature, so I hope to see lots of terrific shots again this year!”

Entrants should email their pictures of animals, plants or landscapes to bit{@}snh.gov.uk by 17 June 2011,as an attachment with “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Entries must be original, have a title, information on how the image shows the gifts of nature, where in Scotland the photo was taken, and the entrant’s name and contact details. Each person may submit up to two entries. SNH will notify winners in August and the winning entries will be posted on the website and highlighted in the Scottish Biodiversity Forum’s quarterly newsletter.

For more information, see www.snh.gov.uk/biodiversityweek.

Poignant opening of Art Exhibit


The opening of Tiree’s 18th annual summer Art Exhibition was tinged with sadness as tributes were made to the memory of former art teacher Brian Milne.

In his opening address committee member Brian Findlater said that the exhibition began in 1993 and that Brian had worked for it tirelessly for many years. He said that Brian had been a colleague of his at the local school, taught his children art and had also been his next door neighbour.

Mr Findlater, the former science teacher at the school, said:
“Brian is greatly missed by all on the island, not just by those of us on the art committee”.
He also said that Brian’s wife Anne and family were attending a family wedding and were therefore unable to attend the opening night.

The programme carried a dedication to Brian Milne who sadly died last year after a brief illness. It read:
“ For many years Brian gave his time and commitment to the arts on Tiree and he will long be remembered as the principal teacher of art at Tiree High School before his retiral in 2006. Brian inspired young and old with his enthusiasm for the arts and shall be remembered with fondness by all who knew him”.

Mr Findlater also thanked the staff of Rural Centre, the staff of the Cobbled Cow tearoom, Neil Connor, Craig Smith, and Jane Isaacson.

More than 40 paintings and one sculpture are in the exhibition which is being staged in the new cinema at the Rural Centre until August 14. The first exhibit to be sold at the opening was a beautiful oil painting entitled Kenevara by local artist Lesley McLean for £400. Prices for the exhibits range from £35 to £600.