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The Guardian launches illustration prize for emerging and under-represented artists

The winner will receive a paid commission to design illustrations for the publication’s Glastonbury festival presence in 2020.

The Guardian is one of Glastonbury’s media partnerscovering the festival in-depth and having an onsite presence selling newspapers and helping festival-goers navigate their experience with the mini-guide. As part of this, an illustrator is commissioned to create how The Guardian looks at the festival, including at various points of sale around the site and the artwork on The Guardian’s Glastonbury canvas bag. 

This year, The Guardian is opening this up to support emerging talent, providing an opportunity for an aspiring artist to play a part in one of the UK’s biggest cultural celebrations. 

To enter, applicants are invited to complete an online form and create a unique illustration for one of The Guardian’s Glastonbury canvas bags. The designs should be inspired by the theme of hope and follow these guidelines.

The entries will be judged by a panel of top creative professionals to determine a shortlist of at least ten. All shortlisted entrants will receive feedback on their work and have their designs feature on The Guardian’s website. 

The competition is open from today until 11 October and the winner will be announced in November. Tips and advice, including more detail on the judging criteria, can be found here, while social media users can post and stay up to date online using the hashtag #DrawTheGuardian. 

Kate Davies, head of brand and awareness, Guardian News & Media said: “The Guardian is proud to be a long-standing media partner with Glastonbury. The festival is a musical and cultural celebration unlike any other, so we are thrilled to be able to launch this opportunity and provide a platform for an aspiring illustrator to create the look-and-feel of The Guardian’s presence at Glastonbury festival’s 50th anniversary.” 

The competition is open to under-represented artists at early stages in their careers. Applicants must be a UK resident and be over the age of 18. Full terms and conditions here.

Find out more. For terms and conditions, click here.

by Hannah Ohm Thomas 27/08/19

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