Bainsford boy has designs on Fringe

Fringe chief executive Kath Maitland joins Marc Robb to celebrate his winning design
Fringe chief executive Kath Maitland joins Marc Robb to celebrate his winning design
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A local eight-year old’s poster design has been chosen as the face of the Fringe.

He is one of the youngest to have ever won the prestigious competition and his work will be seen around the globe.

Marc Robb’s artwork was praised by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s judges for being “bright, colourful and humorous”.

And his wasn’t the only highly-praised local entry.

Nine-year-old Paige Shaw who attends Larbert Village Primary School claimed second place.

Marc’s poster was chosen from an entry of more than 3000 designs from 124 schools around the country.

The Bainsford Primary pupil’s efforts will now become the official poster for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and will be used on mugs, bags, T-shirts and other merchandise.

Kath Mainland, the Fringe Society’s chief executive, said: “We open this competition up to every schoolchild in Scotland and each year we are amazed at the standard.

“Marc’s design was terrific, and all the judges felt that it would make a fantastic poster that really captures the vibrancy of the Fringe.”

The competition is open to all five to sixteen-year-olds, but winners have been of high school age for the past seven years.

Cathy Williams, a visiting art specialist and teacher with Falkirk Council, worked in four primary schools to create entries for the competition.

She said: “This competition gave us opportunities to learn about an important part of our Scottish culture, and raise the profile of this arts festival with the children.

“We looked at photographs of images from the Fringe from past years and the children gained an understanding of how diverse it is, and how it appeals to people of all ages.

“I encouraged them to be really creative, and to use humour in their artwork as much of the festival has that unrestrained ‘wild and wacky’ aspect to it.“

Marc, a twin, won £750 for Bainsford Primary, and Larbert Village Primary School will be getting a cheque for £500 thanks to Paige.

Cathy added: “Marc’s design will be a collector’s item for many, and his image will be used worldwide to promote what is the world’s biggest international arts festival. His award is a significant achievement.”

Marc’s poster will be displayed at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh until August 31 alongside the posters from Paige and other regional winners.