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The Guardian launches illustration prize

The Guardian has launched a new competition for emerging artists, with the winner receiving a paid commission to design illustrations for the Guardian’s presence at Glastonbury festival 2020.

The Guardian launches illustration prize
Kate Davies: “We are thrilled to be able to launch this opportunity and provide a platform for an aspiring illustrator.”

The Guardian is one of Glastonbury’s media partners – covering 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 a number of 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 judges will then score and pick a top three from the shortlist, who will be interviewed for the final stage. The winner will be announced in November.

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 until 11 October. 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.

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.