Create artwork inspired by the fifth BBC series of Peaky Blinders


A massive thank you to everyone who participated in this Creative Invite. And a big congratulations to the Selected Creators: Adam Martin, Alex Coyle, Alice Matthews, Ben Wills, Graham Nash, Harry Ward, Holly Reynolds, James Mundy, Liam Proniewicz, Luke Walker, Matt Clough, Pete Carroll, Samantha Ding, Sue Verity, Tahlia Preece and Yvonne Bently, all from the UK!!


"We were so blown away by the incredible artwork created by fans of Peaky Blinders. There were so many unique and thoughtful interpretations of the characters and themes in the show and each piece left us feeling inspired.

With over 1000 UK entries it was really difficult to choose just a few favourites but we picked out 16 finalists whose work will be featured across BBC digital, online, social platforms and in a nationwide out-of-home (OOH) campaign. Two of the artists will also have their work turned into murals at the Custard Factory in Birmingham and in Shoreditch, London.

We want to say a massive thank you to each and every artist who submitted a piece, and of course for being fans of the show."

The Peaky Blinders Team / BBC Creative

Power weighs heavy on those who have it and no one feels this more than the leader of the Peaky Blinders, Tommy Shelby. Over four series we’ve seen how holding power has caused devastating personal losses to him and his closest allies, Polly and Arthur. As Peaky Blinders returns for its fifth series later this year, we’ll see the strain of leadership begin to wear away at Tommy’s seemingly unbreakable character.

The BBC is inviting artists, designers and illustrators from the UK to show their love for the iconic show by creating one-of-a-kind static poster artwork for Peaky Blinders inspired by its main characters. Check out the “Things to Consider” section below for additional notes.

A minimum of 10 and up to 15 pieces of artwork will be selected by a panel from the BBC. The Selected Artists will receive £1,000 for each piece selected and potentially be part of an OOH activation and wider marketing campaign. Also, non selected artwork will potentially be showcased in a digital gallery with credit given on the BBC’s website. Talenthouse is the Promoter of this talent search.

Things to consider

Before creating your artwork, please consider the following:

  • Art specifications:
    • A mix of both landscape and portrait artwork will be selected, so feel free to submit your work in both formats. Either way, make sure it is in A4 proportion (aspect ratio 1:1.414).
    • Please make sure to keep your artwork the highest resolution possible (minimum 300dpi), as the Selected Artwork will potentially be displayed on large billboards.
  • The mood
    • The general mood in your artwork should be powerful, emotional, regal, troubled.
  • The editorial policy
    • The BBC will be using your artwork for marketing purposes to promote the next series of Peaky Blinders to audiences in various public spaces off air, in the press and on BBC digital and social platforms – so the resulting imagery must be suitable for all audiences and meet regulatory requirements for use on these platforms (i.e. no explicit violence, sexualised imagery, prominent use of alcohol).

  • The cast
    • Artwork must feature one of the following character combinations:
      • Tommy Shelby by himself,
      • any other main character by themselves (e.g. Polly, Arthur, Ada, Lizzie, Michael, Linda),
      • a group (2 or more) of any combination of characters.
    • The BBC are looking for most submissions to feature Tommy Shelby by himself, but you are also encouraged to create artwork featuring other main characters, and groups of characters.
    • Check out these character images for inspiration for your artwork. You're welcome to use the images, but please interpret them in your own artistic style.
    • Please make sure that all characters are recognisable and true to the show, and don’t include any characters who have died or left the series in Series 1-4.
  • The style
    • BBC is looking for a range of mediums, including pencil drawings, paintings, collages, oil pastels, digital illustrations. They are open to any style, from abstract to graphic to realist.
    • Artwork should be colourful and eye-catching.
    • Check out this mood board for inspiration on the tones, styles and vibrancy for your artwork.
About Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is a crime family saga set in the 1920s and 30s. The story centres on the Peaky Blinders gang, their ambitious leader Tommy Shelby, and his ascent through British society from the slums of Birmingham to the corridors of power in London.

Series five finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere. When Tommy Shelby MP is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.

The Opportunity
A minimum of 10 and up to 15 pieces of artwork will be selected by a panel from the BBC. The Selected Artists will:
  • Potentially have their artwork showcased across key social and digital channels;
  • Potentially be part of an OOH activation and wider marketing campaign;
  • Receive £1,000 for each piece selected.
Creative Invite Guidelines
  • This opportunity is open to residents in the UK to those who are at least 18 years of age. Employees and their immediate family and household members of the BBC and Talenthouse are not eligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Multiple submissions (up to 10) and artist teams are allowed.
  • This opportunity is a closed Creative Invite. Submissions will not be visible by the public and must not be made public anywhere by you. Please do not upload submissions to your Talenthouse profile nor share submissions on social media for the duration of this Creative Invite.
  • Please note, that during the Submission Period, submissions may be featured on Peaky Blinders' digital channels with credit given to the artist.
  • Please retain your original artwork files in the highest quality possible (min. 300dpi. Minimum size (A4): 2480 x 3508 px.). The format should be portrait and/or landscape. Artwork must be submitted in JPEG or PNG max size 10MB.
  • All submissions must be your own original work (meaning you are not allowed to use third party pre-existing copyright materials and/or stock imagery in your submission without owning the copyright to this material).
  • You may depict the likenesses of the characters in Peaky Blinders and use the material provided as long as these are interpreted in your own artistic style. All rights in and to the characters and material provided are reserved by BBC.
  • Any ownership in the work is subject to and restricted by the BBC's underlying rights in the Peaky Blinders IP and artists may make only personal use (e.g. portfolio purposes, private social media channels) of the submissions without express written consent from the BBC - but only after the announcement of the Selected Artists; in no event, may an artist obtain a fee, royalty, advertising revenue, or any other payment in exchange for the submission.
  • Please read the "THINGS TO CONSIDER" section above carefully.
  • Selected Artists will have to sign a Copyright Assignment form which assigns all rights, title and interest in and to their work to BBC for global usage and in perpetuity.
  • The Selected Artists may be required to make up to two rounds of minor edits on their work to fit production requirements. The Selected Submission may also be modified by BBCs’ agency to ensure its fit for distribution.
  • Artists not selected retain ownership in the original portions of their work. However, by submitting you hereby grant BBC a worldwide, non-exclusive, limited, royalty-free license for three (3) months to use your submitted work across their social media channels and online platforms from Selected Artist Announcement. The BBC will credit all non-selected artists if their work is used but will not be liable to the artist for failure to do so.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within two (2) days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief and follow these guidelines or Official Rules.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or be selected.
How BBC will choose
BBC will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

The judging criteria is based on: Creativity (25%), Originality (25%) and Overall Understanding of the theme (50%).
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    May 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline:
    June 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    June 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • Creators Selected:
    July 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM
All times are in London Local Time.