Art competition intends to shine a light on Elgin

Young people who either live in Moray or attend school in the region are being invited to demonstrate their artistic skills in a winter competition.

Organised by the Elgin Benevolent Trust in association with Elgin Bid, the competition is being associated with plans to review the city centre Christmas Lights in 2015.

Plans are being made to introduce a new and more environmentally friendly lighting system in the city centre.

Winning entries from the competition will be projected onto walls in Elgin’s city centre on the evening of Wednesday, November 12 at 6.30pm, when a late shopping evening is to be held.

Entries are being accepted from young people in five age groups – five years and under, six to eight years old, nine to 11 years old, 12 to 14 years old and 15 to 18 years old.

Elgin Bid’s Gill Neil said: “We are asking young people to draw a Winter or Christmas picture and submit it to the competition, with the winning entry from each category being projected onto buildings during the late shopping evening.

“Entries are already being accepted for the competition with the closing date set as 5pm on Friday, October 31.

“We anticipate a good turn out at the late shopping evening who will see the winning entries when they are projected pictures from 6.30pm.”

Entries should be hand drawn and submitted on paper that is not larger than A3 size, they must have a winter or Christmas theme but they can be submitted by an individual or group.

A name, age and contact telephone number should be accompanied by each entry which should be sent to Gill Neil, Manager, City of Elgin Bid Ltd., 13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin, IV30 1BP.

Anyone wishing further information or clarification can contact Gill Neill by email on

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