Drawing Edinburgh – Art Competition 2016:

Works of literature provide endless inspiration for works of art: from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet inspiring John Everett Millais’s pre-Raphaelite “Ophelia“to Salvador Dali’s illustrations for Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We wanted to see if the LitLong visualiser could provide similar inspiration.

In spring 2016, we invited students in the University of Edinburgh’s Schools of Art and Design to respond artistically to the theme ‘Old and New Places’. Using the LitLong visualiser as inspiration, students submitted works that exposed the diversity of Edinburgh as a place both light and dark, rich and poor, and reinforced the strong sense of place generated by the literature in our database. As one entrant wrote: “Edinburgh is a place where you can live in the present while simultaneously looking through a window into the past.”

The Winner

A Storid Past

The winning entry was “A Storied Past” by MA Illustration student Kelsey Shankle, who wrote:

My piece, based on the prompt ‘Old and New Places,’ was inspired by the many cafes lining the Royal Mile. As somebody who loves having good coffee with a good book, these cafes represent some of what makes living in Edinburgh so amazing- the ability to experience modern culture in incredibly historic settings.

Runner Up


The runner up was Anjila Wilson, a BA(Hons) Painting student, with her installation, “Wabi-sabi”. Anjila wrote:

As a local painter, I am currently exploring unique ways to express the environment which I occupy. Collecting and storing memories through poetry and recycled materials from Leith has become the root core of my art practice.

Wabi-sabi close up