Design a 90's rave poster for This Is England '90 on Channel 4

Creators Selected On
June 18, 2015
Channel 4 and "This Is England '90" invite creators from around the world to submit poster artwork that captures the zeitgeist of UK club culture during the 1990's, the time when clubs and dance music changed British youths' habits forever.

Three Selected Artists will have their work used within the interactive marketing campaign to promote the series, and will each receive £1,000 and a mentoring session with Channel 4's creative department, 4Creative.

Artists are encouraged to view the inspiration section below, as well as this Pinterest board. Please do not include photography or text that says "This Is England '90" in your submissions.

Judges are looking for imaginative and nostalgic poster artwork that illustrates how club culture kicked off in a big way with house, acid, drum & bass and trance dividing dance floors in the UK.
the 90's scene - inspiration
For those who experienced the 90's in England, the music, culture and fashion scene were rooted in 'Acid House'. It was fresh, raw and truly energetic. Illegal all-night raves were a must. The colour-ways were vivid and inspired by 'acid' colours. Album covers and rave flyers were a mix of Salvador Dali and vector artwork. The flyers conveyed energy, an altered state or simple typography and graphics. Everything popped and looked simple, homemade and just cool. People flocked to clubs such as The Hacienda and Shelley's and literally danced the night away, illicitly. Simply put - it was electric.
about this is england '90
"This Is England '90" is an upcoming drama miniseries written, directed and produced by Shane Meadows. A spin-off from the 2006 hit film "This Is England," it is also a sequel to the popular series "This Is England '86" and "This Is England '88".

The final installment of Shane Meadow's "This Is England" finds the gang in the second Summer of Love: the Summer of 1990.

the career opportunity
Three Selected Artists, as chosen by Channel 4 and their panel of judges, will each:
  • Have their work used as a key feature of the show's official pre-launch trailer, to be promoted across Channel 4's TV and digital channels
  • Receive a mentoring session with 4Creative
  • Receive £1,000
Three Highly Commended artists will each:
  • Have their work showcased across Channel 4's digital and social channels
  • Receive £500
Channel 4 is giving £500 to the Popular Choice submission (the host will select out of the top 10 most shared), so be sure to upload your entry and share your submission page with your friends.
meet the judges
Chris Bovill & John Alison
Executive Creative Directors of 4Creative, Channel 4
Chris and John have been Executive creative heads of 4Creative since 2012, helping create work like the ‘Born Risky’ Channel 4 brand campaign, ‘Original Extreme sport’ Grand National ads and ‘It’s payback time’ Stand up to Cancer animation. Before Channel 4, they were at advertising agencies Fallon and TBWA where they made a car out of cake, created two No. 1 selling Cadbury chocolate bars and made award winning work for John Smiths, adidas, PlayStation, Skoda, Budweiser and Cadburys.
Neil Gorringe
Creative Director at E4
Creative Director behind the venerated UK television station E4, Neil Gorringe has been both director and lead creative on many award winning TV idents and series promos —including the launching of the E4 brand, and artful, edgy promos for the groundbreaking series Skins.
Alice Tonge
Creative Director at 4Creative
Alice is a creative director at 4creative, Channel 4. She has worked at Channel 4 for 10 years across Channel 4, E4, More4 and 4seven, heading up a team of 9 creatives and designers to develop TV, print and digital campaigns to create fully integrated projects. Alice also occasionally directs. Alice was a teenager in the 90’s and says, “The thing I miss most is the handmade mixtapes covered in Tip-ex that I used to swap with my friends. The thing I miss least is how baggy all the clothes were”.
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited.
  • Designs should be authentic, fun, poppy and can be submitted in either portrait or landscape.
  • Submissions must be designed for size: A2 resolution and dimension.
  • Artists should retain their original artwork files (in 300dpi) but designs must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max size 5MB.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity.
  • No photography please.
  • Inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions, as well as submissions that do not fit the brief and follow the guidelines, will be removed.
  • Artists that are not selected will not give up any rights to their work, however Channel 4 has the right to promote their work on their channels in connection with this Creative Invite. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • The copyright for the selected submissions shall be owned by Channel 4 for global usage.
  • Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within two days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • All submissions will feature as part of a global gallery with public sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest during Open Review.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to disqualify artists who we believe are cheating the sharing system as this is against the spirit of the Creative Invite.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
how channel 4 will choose
Channel 4 and their panel of judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

As soon as you have submitted your work, feel free to start sharing your submission on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. These shares will count towards the Popular Choice award. Please note, it does not impact your chance of being chosen as the Selected Artist if you choose not to share.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    April 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline:
    May 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Open Review Starts:
    May 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    June 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Creators Selected:
    June 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM
All times are in Pacific Time.