Calling all art students

There are just two weeks left for art students across Scotland to submit their designs for the new Commemorative Plaque scheme.

Invitations were issued to all art and design schools in Scotland, to give one of their students the opportunity to create the winning design for the new scheme, recently launched by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.

The chosen design will be used as the official plaque that will be fixed to homes linked with the historical figures chosen to be honoured by the scheme.

Designs have to be submitted to by October 31. The six best designs will then be judged by Historic Scotland, with the final decision being made by Ms Hyslop.

The winner will receive £500.

There is no strict criteria for the design, however students should consider the following when creating their designs: the plaque needs to be easily fixed to buildings with screws etc, it is expected that the plaque will manufactured in traditional materials, the words on the plaque would need to contain the name of the person and the reason for being commemorated.

Entrants should include details of the materials they are proposing, the colour of the plaque and what form of wording they feel is appropriate for the scheme.

There will be a maximum of 12 plaques awarded each year.

These will be decided by an independent academic panel which is still to be announced.