Stencil Design Competition

Take part in this Stencil Design Competition as part of the Radical Roots Festival.

Calling artists and designers under 25 to enter a screen print stencil competition, responding to the theme ‘Radical Roots and Dangerous Ideas’. The competition is part of a heritage project involving a large-scale public festival for the Gulbenkian’s 50th anniversary, taking inspiration from the social upheaval of the 1960s and student activism today.

A ‘Screen Print Resistance’ workshop will run as part of the festival, with three winning artworks chosen for festival-goers to make their own DIY statement piece on tote bags or T-shirt. Entry into the competition is free and each design chosen will win a £50.00 cash prize. This a great chance to reach a large audience with your work and to share an important message.

To enter please answer the following questions in the body of an email, and attach a high resolution image file of your design by 5pm on 24th May. Please see below for more terms and conditions.

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I agree to allow Gulbenkian to use my design for the purpose of creating screen prints in a workshop context on the 15th June, 2019: Yes/No

1) Artists must own copyright for their artwork. Copyright remains with the artist.

2) Artist must be 25 or under

3) a. Stencils will be cut out rather than photo emulsion, so design must be able to be cut out and remain in one piece, and be relatively simple. B. Designs should be displayed in black on a white background (the print is a single colour only). C. Artworks should be 300 dpi and around the size a4 paper.

4) Winners will be selected by the Gulbenkian Youth Board (aged 14-25) who are responsible for programming the Radical Roots Festival. Their decision is final. Entries should reflect current issues affecting young people. The Youth Board have offered suggestions: climate change, broken education system, knife crime and gang culture, gender limitations, effects of austerity, growing economic inequality and corruption, sexual violence and #metoo campaign, veganism, and social media culture. Entrants are welcome to come up with their own, or work generally on the theme of Radical Roots and Dangerous Ideas.

5) Winning designs will be prepared to a high professional standard and printed in a workshop delivered by Kent and Medway Community Outreach Program (KaMCOP)

6) Winners will be notified by the 5th and June and payment of prizes will be made upon invoice to the University of Kent.