Winner Announced for Perth 2021 School Poster Competition

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Forgandenny Primary School has been crowned the winner of the Perth 2021 school poster competition! The pupils at Forgandenny Primary will now have the chance to work with an ‘Artist for a Day’, Dylan Gibson, who will work with the pupils to create a new Perth 2021 artwork which will feature on the side of Stagecoach buses in and around the city.

Schools across Perth and Kinross were invited in October to take part in the competition, with local children tasked with designing and making either an A3 poster, a 1-3 minute film or an A4 leaflet which highlighted their vision for Perth and Kinross as the City of Culture 2021.

Pupils were given an opportunity to submit their own entry or an entry as a class, with three finalists being picked by each school. Perth 2021 received 20 fantastic entries across four age categories, which featured colourful drawings of famous sights in Perth and Kinross, local shops, festivals and even unicorns!

The final winners in each age category are:

Nursery: Inchture Primary School
P1-3: Forgandenny Primary School
P4-7: Milnathort Primary School (entry from Carrie and Brooke)
Secondary: Perth High School (entry from Brooklyn Zdrzalek)

Forgandenny Primary won the overall contest for their video entry from P1-3 and their poster entry from P4-7, which featured the word ‘culture’, revealing a mini story of Perth under each letter.

The top left of the winning poster reads: “We have lots of ideas how to have a great Perth 2021. Look under each letter to discover what we would like to see happen.”

The P4-7 pupils focused their energy on festivals, proposing festivals for Virtual Reality, gaming, flowers, ice skating, football and a curling. The kids from Forgandenny also included some excellent sketches of medieval re-enactments and even included a sketch of a ‘dragon boat race’.

Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group, said: “There was a very high standard of entries for the competition, which shows what great young talent we have right across our region. It was tremendous to see the diverse ways they used traditional and digital media to talk about culture and their communities. Forgandenny Primary in particular had some fantastic ideas for 2021, but you could see how much everyone who entered had put in to thinking about what the subject meant to them personally. We’re really looking forward to the school working with the artist and seeing the final results feature on our buses.”

The judging panel consisted of:

Sheena Devlin (Director of Education & Children’s Services at Perth and Kinross Council)
Helen Stockham (City of Culture Community Engagement Officer, PKC)
Helen O’Brien (Creative Learning Officer, Culture Perth and Kinross)
Lu Kemp (Artistic Director, Horsecross Arts)
Martin Griffiths (Chief Executive of the Stagecoach Group)