Design for Mark Owen

Winner Announced On
June 25, 2013

Calling all painters, illustrators, photographers, animators, graphic designers and cultural connoisseurs.

Mark Owen is inviting you to submit work taking inspiration from the title of his new solo album, 'The Art of Doing Nothing'.

The whole record has been a collaborative process and Mark wants this to continue by inviting you to join in and help him present this concept as a visual. Take a look at the video for more inspiration.

The winning piece, as chosen by Mark, will be made available in print form and on Mark's website.

In 2011, when Take That finished their record-breaking, world-beating Progress tour, they all agreed to take a year off. This time, Mark decided to pause. He did some sketches for an animation, a spot of painting, messed around with some tunes but with no idea in mind. The Art of Doing Nothing was born. The Art of Doing Nothing is a toast to the joy of collaboration, three cheers for easing off the accelerator, for letting things unfold rather than taking control. And it started from a circular bench. A circle is zero. It came out of nothing.
A message from Mark about the winning entry by Mate Dobo:

"After much back and forth, up and down.. And left and right… so much so that I am a day late, after wanting to sleep on it and see which of the pieces came into my mind first thing this morning, I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Mate Dobo as the winning representation of The Art of Doing Nothing. I would like to congratulate Mate Dobo, and to also thank him very much for taking the time to enter. The simplicity and minimalism of this work feels very consistent with our own visual representations of The Art of Doing Nothing. We are all very excited about transforming it from digital form to print, it will be a wonderful addition!
I would also like to congratulate the winner of the People's Choice prize, Sebastian Marchand, for his wonderful piece, 'Alive Since Years'. Thank you"
Mark was so impressed with the entries, he chose an extra runner up. Below is a message from Mark to all 3 runner-ups:

Asta Vaittinen:
"Love the reflection.... The bird on the wire....Doing nothing..... At the centre of everything else x"

Charlie Garrod:
"What a journey........ Thank you........X"

Samantha Humphries:
"We share the same birth year I think I got the same card......Different worlds coming together....."

One winner as chosen by Mark, will:

  • Receive $1,500
  • Have their print sold on Mark’s e-commerce site with net proceeds going to Mark’s nominated Charity: BeyondAutism
  • Receive a Mark Owen goodie bag with a signed album
  • Have their work featured across Mark's official online social channels

Two runners up will receive $650 and a feature across Mark's official online social channels.

We respect the opinion of the public and the highest voted will certainly catch our eye. One highest voted artist will receive:
  • $1,000
  • A Mark Owen goodie bag with a signed album
  • A feature across Mark's official online social channels

Mark Owen will select from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

  • Participants must be over 18 years old
  • Entries must be inspired by the 'Art of Doing Nothing'
  • Participants can submit in any art form, e.g. paintings, illustration, graphic design etc
  • Artwork must be submitted in a RGB colourscale (JPG or PNG 5MB Max)
  • Artists must retain their original artwork/photographs should they be chosen as a winner
  • Entries must be original (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials)
  • Participants must include a description about their entry
  • Please leave up to date contact details
  • For the $1,500 cash prize, the winner automatically assigns the IP of their artwork/photography to Universal Music (all remaining participants i.e. non winners, retain ownership of their IP)
  • Inappropriate, harmful or submissions that do not fit the brief will be removed
  • No purchase is necessary to enter
  • All submissions will be featured in digital galleries to promote your entry via public voting on Facebook and Twitter. Voting will give you additional exposure and recognition for your work as well as new fans and supporters. Mark Owen will select the overall winners. The highest voted entry also receives a prize
  • This opportunity is open to participants globally
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
Read Here
Key Dates
  • Submit By: June 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: June 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: June 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: June 25, 2013
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