Artist in Residence sought, design our posters!

The first whispers of Spring are already getting near – the wheel continues to turn and preparations are beginning for Beltane Fire Festival 2022, three years since our last in-person festival. We invite you, artists, to submit your beautiful artwork for the chance to feature in the festival’s promotional material and become the society’s Artist in Residence for this year’s festivals.

The chosen artist will be tasked with producing all promotional material in the run up to Beltane Fire Festival (Saturday 30th April) and later the Samhuinn Fire Festival (Monday 31st October), which will be featured in our online promotion, press advertising and possibly print distribution for the event(s). Anyone is welcome to enter, so if you have arty friends please feel free to pass this on to them!


The concept of the Beltane Fire Festival originates from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic pre-Christian festival of the same name. The title “Beltane” is derived from a Gaelic Celtic word meaning “bright and sacred fire”. Originally, the Beltane festival was held to mark and celebrate the blossoming of Summer and was thought to have been held on the first full moon after the 1st May.

At dusk on Saturday April 30th, torches are set aflame and the pounding of drums fills the air. A magical procession around Calton Hill sets off, led by the May Queen and her court, who encounter a cavalcade of fantastical creatures portrayed by painted and costumed performers and acrobats. The Green Man makes his own journey across the hill, finally being killed by the May Queen, stripped of his Winter guise and resurrected in a dramatic ritual performance, before the lighting of the traditional Beltane bonfire, a ritual to harbour in the Summer.

Beltane is a time for celebration, revelry, fertility, new beginnings and, of course, FIRE! Think along the themes of brightness, freshness, emergence, new life and growth. Our poster and flyer should appeal to the wider community in Edinburgh and abroad. It should reflect aspects of the story, performances and characters highlighted above, to draw in those who know the Beltane story but also to attract newcomers to our festival.

For a more detailed description of our festival and its history and origins see here.


  • You can submit a selection of your artwork / portfolio to give an impression of your artistic style, or you can submit a final poster design for Beltane Fire Festival 2022. Both are welcome, and a selection committee will decide on the final artist in residence for this year’s festivals.
  • For each festival, you will be expected to create a main portrait design for the poster and flyer using a coherent style and colour scheme to keep a uniform look. 
  • You will be expected to help with the design and layout of the festival programme which will be a downloadable digital PDF. Text will be provided for you.
  • You will be expected to provide various ratios of your designs for digital use (Instagram, website, social media banner). 
  • It would be helpful if you can submit various elements which could be used for different purposes, but this is not essential.
  • Remember to leave any text or important visual elements at least 7mm from the edges, for printing safety.
  • You should have full-resolution files at 300dpi/ppi available, to be used if your design is selected.
  • Please ensure that all files are in CMYK colour format, not RGB.
  • You should include all of the text and social media elements in your design (to be provided by EC / board).  We greatly appreciate designs that have the festival title beautifully typeset or hand-lettered, and have all the additional text inserted too, but this isn’t essential! Submissions will be considered on the basis of the artwork and layout first of all.
  • Everything in your submission (apart from the downloadable elements we provide) absolutely must be your own work, or created with elements that you have permission to use. If you use any stock imagery or photography, free or purchased, you must be able to provide evidence of legitimate sources if asked. Please check the relevant licensing for any fonts that you use, and be able to provide this information if asked. Although BFS is a charity, it is also a registered company, so please only use fonts that are licensed for commercial use to be on the safe side. If your work is chosen, we may need you to send any font files you’ve used in the final submission, in order to finalise the text.
  • We will accept submissions from pairs of artists/designers. For example, if you’re an amazing illustrator and you have a friend who is great at layouts, feel free to work together and submit under both your names.
  • Don’t forget to sign your final artwork. We appreciate that you’re offering your creations on a voluntary basis, so we’d like you to have your signature(s) on there somewhere.


You can submit a folder of your designs or a final poster submission for Beltane Fire Festival here. If you need any assistance with submissions please contact the Event Coordinator via email: coordinator @





As the creator of your artwork, YOU own it, and by submitting it for the festivals are granting BFS license to keep it in digital and physical archives, and use it in promotional activities, online and offline, globally and in perpetuity.

Should you wish, you are welcome to sell prints and products featuring the artwork without any of the provided text, BFS branding or elements included in the downloadable design pack.


Once all submissions have been received, the BFS Board of Trustees will create a shortlist of entries which are appropriate to promote the event, and select a final artist for the two festivals. There will not be a public vote: criteria for selection will include quality of artwork, suitability as a representation of the festival and Beltane Fire Society, appeal to potential attendees, and clarity of presentation of information/legibility. Entrants will be informed by email as to whether or not they have been successful. In the event that no submissions are deemed suitable, the trustees may make alternative arrangements.

We are hugely grateful to all those who put in the time and creativity it takes to submit a poster design.

Have a look at some of our past Posters>

One thought on “Artist in Residence sought, design our posters!

  1. I am sharing this article from Epoch Times as it may be pertinent to Beltane members in appreciation of this lovely day we’ve had here this morning. This particular week in February coincides with the rise of the “morning star,” like a diamond in the sky, Venus—the brightest planet in our solar system whose orbit around the sun travels just inside our Earth’s. view link below to read and share perhaps.


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