Poster Design Competition

About the Adelaide Fringe Poster Competition

In 2020 Adelaide Fringe is 60 years young (although we don’t look a day over 25) and we’ve grown up to become the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open access arts festival. We're looking for an iconic poster design that is full of memories and celebration to mark this enormous milestone.

For over 60 years, Fringe has been forthright, bold and uninhibited; Fringe has provided a platform for hundreds of thousands of artists to express themselves, tell their stories and transform Adelaide into one of the world’s greatest creative hubs. 

For 31 magical days and nights each year, Fringe completely takes over Adelaide, her surrounding suburbs and even some regional areas of South Australia. The city pulses with creativity in every nook and cranny! 

The Adelaide Fringe Poster competition is as iconic as the Festival, itself. Each year since the birth of the festival, the Adelaide Fringe hero image has been a poster competition entry, with previous winners including artists such as Driller Jet Armstrong, Sue Ninham, Michael Atchison, Pro Hart, Jonathon Oxlade, Jennifer Rimbault, Bronwyn Platten and Mathew Clarke.

Whether you are an accomplished artist or a beginner with a great idea, we want to see your interpretation as “Adelaide Fringe jumps into 60 years of history”. 

Not only will the winning image receive massive exposure by becoming the symbol of Adelaide Fringe 2020, but the winning artist will also receive a $3,000 cash prize and free artist registration to present their own exhibition as part of the 2020 Adelaide Fringe.

The Brief

The Adelaide Fringe is an Open Access festival; each year we celebrate thousands of diverse artists who perform in hundreds of glorious venues to the delight of hundreds of thousands of audience members. The Adelaide Fringe is a festival of the people, by the people, for the people, and we're looking for something that encapsulates Adelaide Fringe’s forthright, bold and uninhibited nature and celebrates the festival’s history.

“We’re looking for a poster that celebrates the past six decades of festival fun – an eye-catching design that represents years of memories that the Adelaide Fringe has created with artists and audiences alike,” Ms Croall said.

“Adelaide Fringe has provided a platform for hundreds of thousands of artists from across the globe to express themselves, tell their stories and transform Adelaide into one of the world’s greatest creative hubs and we want the 60th anniversary to celebrate this. We are looking for a poster that captures the colourful, playful, inclusive and cheeky spirit of the Adelaide Fringe!".

We can’t wait to see your unique interpretation of what Adelaide Fringe’s 60 years of history means to you!

Hot tips for creating your design
  • The winning design will need to demonstrate flexibility in a number of different ways. This includes being reproduced in different sizes as well in monochrome (black and white). The design must have the versatility to be used in a number of creative applications, including t-shirts, posters, program booklets, banner signage and FringeTIX box offices.
  • If you use any images you haven’t created yourself you must own the copyright for the images or have permission to use them in your design.
  • Looking for inspiration? You can view a gallery of posters from previous years here.
  • Remember to treat the poster brief as guidelines only. Thinking outside the box is relished and encouraged!

Adelaide Fringe 2020 Poster Design Competition is now closed.