NORTH Berwick’s annual arts festival has appointed its first artist-in-residence as it makes its post-Covid return this summer.

Fringe by the Sea 2021 has chosen illustrator Eilidh Muldoon, who grew up in the town, to create visuals which will be displayed around North Berwick in the run-up to and during the festival.

She will also be involved in the FBTS21 Art Club, launching on Saturday, May 15, with a live online event, giving residents the opportunity to create their own art and have it exhibited in the town.

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Eilidh said: “I’m thrilled to be the first-ever artist-in-residence for Fringe by the Sea, especially as North Berwick is my home town.

“It was the nicest thing to be asked to do, since I know the town and can imagine the transformation that’s going to take place.

“I’m very excited to be a part of it. I’ll be injecting some extra vibrancy into the festival experience for visitors to enjoy in August – expect bright bursts of colour and pattern! We’re also encouraging people to get creative as part of the FBTS21 Art Club.

“I can’t wait to see the pieces created and help select those for exhibition.”

Eilidh, 35, grew up on Old Abbey Road with sister Hannah and brother Dave, and attended Law Primary School and North Berwick High School.

She now lives in Edinburgh with husband Bob and 14-month-old daughter Maisie.

She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and currently teaches part-time at the college, also running creative workshops and working freelance from her home.

She has illustrated children’s books and is working on her first self-authored picture book.

Rory Steel, Fringe by the Sea’s director, said: “Eilidh’s such an inspiration and it’s going to be a real pleasure working with her on the art club and other initiatives in the build-up to August’s extravaganza.”

Fringe by the Sea 2021 will take place from August 6 to 15, using new spaces around the town to take into account Covid-19 protocols and guidance.