The schools competition to design a winter window has until now been hidden away in Princes Street Gardens. Now there is a proper display of the children’s work across Edinburgh in West Parliament Square, Kirkgate Plaza in Leith, Craigmillar Library, Drumbrae Library and Westside Plaza Wester Hailes.
The pupils work on their designs during the autumn term to make stained glass windows which look forward to 2050 and what they think Edinburgh might look like. This highlights 2050 Edinburgh City Vision which is a project engaging all residents in looking forward and imagining the city in the future. The competition is run in association with National Galleries of Scotland and support from Western Toyota.
All 44 winners received their awards at a special reception at the National Galleries of Scotland on Friday, 24 November and now you can see all the winning designs on display across the city.
A number of special commendations were awarded, including Katie from Braidburn School who won the Lord Provost Commendation; Nisrine from Granton Primary School who won the Arts & Creative Learning, City of Edinburgh Council Commendation; Hannah from Hermitage Park Primary School who won the Underbelly Commendation, Amie from Gracemount High School who won the Toyota Commendation; Gabriel from St Peter’s Primary School who won St Giles Commendation and Dexter from Corstorphine Primary School who won the National Galleries of Scotland Commendation.
A list of the winners can be found at the bottom of this article.
Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, said: “Peering into the future, these festive displays consider what Edinburgh could look like in 2050. They will spread Edinburgh’s Christmas cheer to all corners of the city, and hopefully inspire communities to share their own visions for Edinburgh as part of the 2050 City Vision Project. Well done to all of the talented and imaginative school pupils involved.”
Graham Ross, Franchise Principal, Western Toyota said: “It’s a privilege to once again support Edinburgh’s Christmas with Winter Windows, the creativity on show is tremendously inspiring, our teams back at the dealership enjoyed looking at each and every picture, the detail, colour and imagination was limitless. Have the children looked through the lens and peered into the future of Edinburgh? I hope so!! Congratulations to everyone for bringing your vision to the people of Edinburgh”
Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, Directors, Edinburgh’s Christmas said: “This year Edinburgh’s Christmas is reaching more communities, farther and wider across the city than ever before and the fourth edition of Winter Windows lies at the heart of it. From Wester Hailes to Leith, residents and visitors alike are now able to admire the talents of Edinburgh schoolchildren, showcasing their vision of the city in 2050. Congratulation to them all!”
Siobhan McConnachie Head of Education, National Galleries of Scotland, said: “The children’s window designs are full of imagination, bright colours and wonderful details. It’s fabulous that their creativity will be seen by so many people as they walk through Edinburgh.”
Winter Windows are on display around Edinburgh from 18 November until 26 December. Free entry.
The following pupils’ windows have won Winter Windows 2017.
Hannah from Hermitage Park Primary School
Chloe from Hermitage Park Primary School
Emma from Liberton Primary School
Frank from Royal High Primary School
Zach from St Mary’s Leith Primary School
Anna from Parsons Green Primary School
Dexter from Corstorphine Primary School
Emily from Corstorphine Primary School
Steven from Craigroyston Primary School
Maham from Cramond Primary School
Ben from Fox Covert Primary School
Nisrine from Granton Primary School
Mya from Granton Primary School
Luc from St Margaret’s Primary School
Erin from Wardie Primary School
Alex from Wardie Primary School
Daniel from Bruntsfield Primary School
Alice from Bruntsfield Primary School
Anvi from Craigour Park Primary School
Luna from Preston Street Primary School
Bruno from St Mary’s Primary School
Gabriel from St Peter’s Primary School
Rebecca from St Mark’s Primary School
Tiernan from Mark’s Primary School
Eliza from Clovenstone Primary School
Dominik from Clovenstone Primary School
Emma from Canel View Primary School
Lucy from Canel View Primary School
Logan from Dalry Primary School
Zhiying from Nether Currie Primary School
Ava from Nether Currie Primary School
Ben from Pentland Primary School
Cassadi from Whale Arts
Sophie from Sighthill Primary School
Michael from Balgreen Primary School
Robyn from Forrester High School
Katie from Broughton High School
Nicole from Broughton High School
Amie from Gracemount High School
Lily from Oaklands School
Dylan from Oaklands School
Alec from Woodlands School
Katie from Braidburn School
Mohamed from Prospect Bank School
Photos by Neil Hanna Photography www.neilhannaphotography.co.uk