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A night at the Museum

NMS afterhours photoLast Friday I enjoyed making festival fringe collages as part of the After Hours evening at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.

Similar to the successful Lates events at NMS, the After Hours nights are for adults only, with live music, food and a bar to keep guests happy. On each Friday night during the Edinburgh Festival the museum opens its doors to a variety of acts in town for the fringe.

Find out more about which acts will be on this Friday, and book your tickets at the link below.

NMS Museum After Hours website

A beautiful day in Edinburgh to bring the 2015 Edinburgh Festivals to a close

StAndrewSquare_2015I hope you are enjoying the sunshine in Scotland’s capital this afternoon and soaking up the atmosphere as Edinburgh’s many festivals build to a finale of tonight’s fireworks.


Here is a sunny sketch from inside St Andrew Square Gardens, as I was sitting eating my lunch on Friday.


I’m sure the busy thoroughfare looks similar today as visitors and residents alike soak up the atmosphere as Edinburgh’s many festivals enjoy their final day before tonight’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.


Unfortunately I can’t make it on to Princes Street Gardens to hear the Scottish Chamber Orchestra play beneath the amazing display but there is still time to get your ticket, via the link below. I will be watching from the outskirts, and perhaps listening in to the SCO via Forth One Radio.


EIF Virgin Money Fireworks Concert website


Forth One website 

Amazing talent on show at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Schools Poster Competition

This morning I was honoured to help announce the winner, and runners up of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Schools Poster Competition, at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

There as ‘Special Guest Artist’ I said a few words which basically consisted of, ‘Keep doing what you are doing’ as their work was amazing, and very inspiring. Below is this year’s winning poster, by seven year old John Imray. John explained to me his creation: There’s a man playing the piano at the bottom (the mouth) with the stage the square of the face and the crowd above creating the hair of the face. Absolutely amazing.



Congratulations to the runners up too, I don’t know how the judges decide a winner, they all look beautiful and individually very striking.


Children’s art can be so innocent and free, direct and instinctive – things I am always looking to achieve with my sketching. I strongly feel art and creativity is extremely important in young people, to grow self esteem and perspective, to create a personal view of the world and know that that view has merit.


It’s great that thanks to funding from Virgin Money, the competition which has been running since 1980, is able to continue each year and bring together over 5,000 entrants from all over Scotland. For me, and many others it is a sign of the Fringe beginning and the start of the summer.


Here is a photo of Kath Mainland, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s Chief Executive and myself congratulating winner John Imray this morning. Photograph by James Glossop.



Click on the link below to see a gallery of past winners of the competition. And remember to drop in to the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile to see this year’s winner and over 60 of the best designs from around the country. Oh, and get ready for the Fringe 😉


Edinburgh Festival Fringe Schools Poster Competition Gallery

Museum of Childhood


Fringe Schools Poster Exhibition Launch & Prize-giving Event

MuseumofChildhood_exteriorThe Schools Poster Competition winner is announced today at the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile.

I will be there as guest artist to say a few words and help congratulate the winner, who as well as having their design seen across the city throughout the summer, will also receive a cash prize of £300, plus £750 for their schools art department. I can’t wait to see the designs, it is always a favourite part of my fringe, children’s art can be so pure and free. Very inspirational to a sketcher!


The competition is open to all school children, aged 5-16, across Scotland, with each child getting the same brief: to create a poster design reflecting their interpretation of the Fringe. The winning design becomes the official poster for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is also used on a range of merchandise such as mugs, bags and t-shirts.


“I feel very honoured to be invited. Children’s art can be so pure and free”


The top three prize-winners, as well as all of the 14 Regional Winners and over 60 shortlisted entries, will be displayed in a special exhibition at the Museum of Childhood on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile throughout the summer and for the duration of the Festival Fringe, so get along to see the amazing designs from the very talented Scottish school children.


Below is one of my favourite designs from past winners, by Jennifer Worrall. Click on the EdFringe website link below to see more past winners from the competition, which has been running since 1980.




Edfringe website

Museum of Childhood website