Christmas card design competition

Season's Greetings from the National Library of Scotland

Budding artists under 16 are being invited to design the National Library of Scotland's 2004 Christmas card.

It is the first time the Library has held the nationwide competition and the winning entry will be professionally printed and become the Library's official seasonal greeting card for this year.

School children across Scotland are being invited to take part and letters are being sent out to Head Teachers this month.

The Library's Education Manager, Nat Edwards, said, 'We wanted to inject vibrancy and energy into this year's Christmas card. We thought that the best way to move on from the traditional seasonal card was to trawl the young artistic talent of Scotland. The artist's name and school will appear on the winning design which will become the Library's official card for 2004.'

Designs for the card can be done in any format or size, colour or black and white, using any media. The competition is open to all youngsters under 16 years of age and the deadline for entries is 30 September 2004. Entries should be inspired by images from the Library's digital collections:

The best designs will be exhibited at the Library in December.

For more information, please contact Alda Forbes on 0131-226 4531, extension 4411/mobile 07990 683 540/E-mail

Notes to Editors on the NLS
  • The National Library of Scotland is Scotland's largest library, serving both as a general research library and as the world's leading repository for the printed and manuscript record of Scotland's history and culture. It also promotes access to the ideas and cultures of the world. It is funded by the Scottish Executive, and is governed by a Board of Trustees.
  • The National Library of Scotland is one of the leading research libraries in Europe. It houses eight million printed items and has been a Legal Deposit library since 1710. Every week it collects more than four and a half thousand new items.

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11 May 2004

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