Craft Opportunities October 2014.


JOHN LEWIS MAKER OPPORTUNITYDescriptionAt John Lewis we are passionate about finding products that are well made and beautiful. We work with over 150 new and established designers, start up businesses and well established manufacturers in the UK.Working with designer-makers is relatively new to us and we wanted to create an opportunity to introduce ourselves, see your work and discuss an exciting new opportunity for us to work with small batch production.We are looking for wood-ware, ceramics, glassware, textiles, occasional furniture and lighting and we would need small batches produced for April – June 2015.How to ApplyIf this sounds interesting to you, please get in touch by 31 October with a visual of your work and a description of your practice / business. Those we believe could be a good fit for John Lewis will be invited to an introductory event on 11 November. We hope to respond to all applicants by the 4 November.Contact:

via John Lewis Maker Opportunity – Crafts Council.

Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s Dracula Untold, in theaters October 10, is the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula. Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series) transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of monsters. 

The Dracula Untold official soundtrack will feature 20 score cues from the film by Emmy- and Grammy Award-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Iron Man, Pacific Rim). The album releases October 7th on Back Lot Music. 

Universal is hosting the campaign within Talenthouse’s global creative community, which is free to join, and consists of artists from film, fashion, art, music and photography. 

The winner will receive important career-boosting opportunities including:

• have his or her work featured as the official cover art for the single release on Back Lot Music;
• receive exposure across Dracula Untold’s social media channels;
• receive $1,500.

Maya Bogle, co-founder of Talenthouse, said: “This partnership perfectly demonstrates how global brands are using Talenthouse to tap into the world’s creative community for large scale projects. This collaboration will help to liberate creatives everywhere and offer them a unique reason to partner with a global studio such as Universal, whilst providing financial rewards and the opportunity have their work showcased around the world.”

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact (Harry Cymbler), or call 07801 289 996, or visit

The deadline is Monday 03 November 2014 at 18:00.

via Create art for Dracula Untold official soundtrack.

up accelerator applications

August 19, 2014

We’re looking for businesses with a prototype, early stage product, service or platform with the potential to grow significantly. And ideally, to disrupt the market they’re aimed at.

Vital to these businesses are the people behind them. We’re looking for highly motivated teams with a strong set of core values and attitudes.

Most accelerators look for teams of two or three people, with at least two coders. We’re different: we want business, technical and creative skills in each of the businesses we build. So it doesn’t matter which of these you represent, because as long as your idea is great, we’ll help you build your team.

UP demands genuine commitment in terms of time and energy. Its ethos is one of cooperation and collaboration, as well as competition. It will require determination, grit, courage and sheer hard work.

The UP team, investors and partners are fully committed to this approach. We want entrepreneurs who are as determined as we are to succeed.

The Prize for Illustration

August 18, 2014

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum, is delighted to announce that submissions are now welcome for The Prize for Illustration 2015. This year the theme is London Places and Spaces.

London has inspired countless great works of art, each reflecting aspects of the City’s unique character and qualities. The Prize for Illustration 2015 looks to continue this tradition by taking the theme of London Places and Spaces and invites submissions from illustrators throughout the world.

Each City space, however large or small, has its own distinct personality and uses, by all sorts of people for all sorts of activities. Grand scale architecture or wildlife oasis; internationally famous or local and secret; places for commerce, work, leisure and living. Contemporary architecture, historic treasures, and the vernacular; rivers, reservoirs and wetlands. Imaginary or real, past or present, the only essential element is London.

The aim of The Prize for Illustration 2015 competition is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates a vibrant, multi-layered London. Entrants are invited to visually capture an iconic or lesser known place in a single image. We want to see the quiet and contemplative to the crowded and loud, the imaginary or real to the past or present. Any place or space that is part of this amazing City and how we use it is welcome – your imagination is the limit.

Impress the jury with your illustrated interpretation of a London place or space and be in with a chance of having your work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize.

Prizes will be awarded in three levels:

First prize: £2000 and display of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster

Second prize: £1000

Third prize: £750

There is also the possibility that your shortlisted image will be featured on merchandise sold in London Transport Museum`s shop.

The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries selected by a panel of judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open from May and run until August 2015. The winners will be announced at a private award ceremony that will take place in early May 2015.

The deadline for entries to The Prize for Illustration 2015 competition is the 28th September 2014.

Conditions for entry

The competition is open to all Association of Illustrators (AOI) member or non-member illustrators and students of illustration.

Agents or colleges may only submit entries on behalf of the illustrator with the express permission of the artist.

The aim of the competition is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates a vibrant, multi-layered London.

Please read the conditions and terms of entrycarefully. You will be asked to agree to them before you can submit your images to the competition.

Please visit this page from Friday 1 August for details of how to enter.

Image by Erica Sturla, shortlisted for the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014

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The second bi-annual Design Impact Award, run by The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, has been launched and you have until Friday, 5 September to enter!

The award which was launched in 2012 aims to demonstrate the huge impact that design and innovation makes to the way we live and work. The winner of The Lighthouse Design Impact Award will receive a prize of £5,000, funded by Creative Scotland. The award is also supported by Glasgow City Council.

Only work which is completed, has found a buyer, or is in use can be entered. The judges evaluate the benefits that a design or its process can have not just on the economy and environment, but also society.

The shortlist will be announced on Friday, 19 September.

From Thursday, 9 October to Thursday, 23 October an exhibition of the shortlisted entries will be open to the general public in The Lighthouse, where they are invited to vote for their favourite entry.

The Awards will culminate in an awards evening in October, where judges will make their decision about the winner and present him/her with their prize.

Follow #DIAScot on Twitter for news and updates.

– See more at:

via The Lighthouse – Glasgow : Design Impact Awards 2014 : Design Impact Award 2014 : Entries now open.

BBC Worldwide are the commercial arm of the BBC. Our mission is to maximise the BBC’s profits by investing in great brands and content – such as Doctor Who, Top Gear, BBC Earth and Dancing With The Stars – and exploiting them around the world. All our profits go back into making great programmes within the BBC.

Early next year our London HQ will be moving into the iconic BBC Television Centre building and we’d like to offer you the chance to showcase your work in our new space.

For more information about BBC Worldwide please visit our website.


Location: Open to applicants worldwide.
Age: 18+
Experience: Artistic design student or graduate. You must be studying or have graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate artistic design qualification at any educational establishment globally after December 31 2011. You must not be in full time employment as a designer, filmmaker or producer in any creative industry.

Already got an ARTS THREAD portfolio? To enter, simply log into your account, upload your illustration as a new project, click on ‘Edit Profile’, scroll to the bottom of the page and tick the box marked ‘BBC Worldwide Creative Challenge’. Finally email us at to confirm your entry.

New to ARTS THREAD? To enter, register to create an ARTS THREAD account and at the bottom of the page tick the box marked ‘BBC Worldwide Creative Challenge’. Go to your email and click on the activation link sent to your email Inbox, then log intoyour account and upload your illustration as a project. Finally email us at to confirm your entry.


Want to maximize your chances? Read our ARTS THREAD guide to Competition entries
*Need help uploading? Read our ARTS THREAD FAQ guide

Entry: Free
Deadline: Tuesday July 01 2014 MIDNIGHT GMT
Prize: We’ll be selecting one winner for an Applied Graphics Brief and three winners for a Moving Image brief. Each will receive:

  • £500 per winner
  • Your work will go on display in our London Head Office (with clear accreditation to you) for our staff and visitors to see. We’ll be promoting this competition, along with its winners, to all our staff worldwide.

All shortlisted entries can apply to be considered for a paid internship at BBC Worldwide’s London Head Office. The internship will allow you to work alongside our experienced designers and promo makers within the Brand Creative team. (You must specify if you want to be considered and if you are eligible to work in the UK – please note that you will still be able to win the competition if you decide not to apply for the internship or aren’t eligible to work in the UK).

Would you like to see your jewellery design be sold by F. Hinds shops?

F. Hinds in conjunction with International Jewellery London is organising the 4th edition of their jewellery design competition. The competition is open to designers, students and jewellery lovers and offers 5 winners the opportunity to design the jewellery they would love to wear themselves to be for sale on the High Street.

The five winning designers will receive the following:

150 fully created pieces of their winning design produced by F. Hinds using a well known and respected manufacturer.

F. Hinds will provide numbered, limited edition certificates for all pieces.

F. Hinds will provide an attractive, presentation box for every piece.

The winning items will be distributed for sale to all F. Hinds’ stores and photographed and featured for sale online from May/June 2014.

A guaranteed commission on sales after the first 150 have been sold (subject to production costs.)

An option to design a complete collection to be sold exclusively by F. Hinds, with commission alongside the original piece, subject to suitability after further discussion.

Be celebrated at IJL 2014 to take place from 31 August to 2 September 2014 at Olympia London and showcased free of charge.

Entries will be judged by a panel made up of Andrew Hinds (Director and Gold Buyer), Sarah Jordan (Award winning jewellery designer), Bob Morrish (Jewellery manufacturer R. E. Morrish), an IJL representative and a consumer representative.

Any design should not have been previously made, shown or sold commercially. The design will need to be capable of manufacture to at least 150 identical pieces at reasonable production costs for F. Hinds.

Remember to read the full terms and conditions and eligibility criteria before applying.

Deadline: 31 March

For more information and to enter visit F.Hinds   or contact Pam Fenton via email:

via High Street by Design: Jewellery competition by Hinds and IJL – deadline: 31 March | Design Trust.

Any budding designers or artists out there? It’s time for you to get creative and design a t-shirt for AIYF that will WOW the judges!

If you are aged 5-17, then enter our fantastic ‘B on a T’ competition and design our festival t-shirt for this summer.

The winning design will be worn by over 1000 people from all around the world, just like Tracy’s design last year!

Ask your art/head teacher how you can get involved now!! Or email us at to find out more!

via Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

Submit your festival photographs for the chance to win a slap-up three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine at The Tippling House.

Prize for under 18s: £25 HMV Vouchers

Send entries in to

The Rules

Photographs must be original and taken by the entrant. It is the photographer’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate permissions. Please do not submit portrait photographs of children unless you have expressly gained the permission of their parent or guardian.

The competition is only open to amateur photographers.

The competition is not open to employees of any of the organisations involved in the delivery of SPECTRA.

A maximum of 3 photographs per entrant can be submitted.

All commercial rights to the images remain with the photographers.

The competition will be judged by representatives of SPECTRA and the sponsors.

There will be one over 18 winner and one under 18 winner.

The winners will be notified by the end of February 2014.

via SPECTRA Photography Competition – Aberdeen’s Centre for Contemporary Art. Gallery exhibitions, printmaking, photography, film & video, digital media.