Design for O2 Academy Glasgow

Winner Announced On
August 23, 2013

#MakeYourMark on an iconic venue and have thousands of music fans see your work on a daily basis!

O2 are inviting all illustrators, fine artists, graphic designers, graffiti artists and photographers to create original artwork to appear in the main space of O2 Academy Glasgow.

4 winners will be selected by the judging panel, which includes Alex Kapranos from BRIT award-winning band Franz Ferdinand, to decorate the main room.

Glasgow is a mecca for music, but also has an equally vibrant creative arts scene. Now it's time for you visual thinkers to take centre stage at O2 Academy Glasgow.

When submitting your entries we’d like you to consider the following points:

  1. Glasgow’s rich music heritage
  2. The 10th anniversary of O2 Academy Glasgow
  3. O2’s core brand values which include being bold, open and clear
  4. The O2 Academy key colour palette (see Invite Pack below for full details)

Download the Invite Pack for more information, specs and photos. If you would like to use the template, you can download it here.

To mark the 10th anniversary of O2 Academy Glasgow, we’re inviting you to put your creative mark on this iconic venue. The seminal Glasgow space dates back to 1921 and still retains the grandeur of the art deco period, including the original façade. In 2003 the venue was re-launched as O2 Academy Glasgow. Now it’s your turn to be part of the venue’s rich creative history.
O2 is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited and is a leading communications company with over 23 million customers. O2 sponsors The O2, O2 Academy venues and the England rugby team.

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O2, the judging panel and Alex Kapranos will choose 4 winners who will:

  • Have their work displayed permanently in the main room of O2 Academy Glasgow
  • £1,000 each
  • 2 x tickets to a gig of their choice (Travel and accommodation not provided)
  • Promotion and publicity across O2’s channels

We respect the opinion of the public and the highest voted will certainly catch our eye. One highest voted artist will receive:

  • £500
  • 2 x tickets to a gig of their choice (Travel and accommodation not provided)
  • Download the specifications of the panels here which includes the template (optional). To download the print area and pictures of the panels, click here
  • This opportunity is open to UK and Ireland residents, if you are not from the UK or Ireland you understand and agree that you are not eligible for prizing
  • Participants may submit the below in a RGB colourscale:
    - Sketches
    - Illustrations
    - Paintings
    - 3D renderings
    - Digital mockups
  • Participants can only submit one original piece of work (this may be one design that works across 2 panels or 2 related designs that work across 1 panel each)
  • Participants must include a description about themselves, their submission and how they have considered the 4 key points listed in the 'Details' section
  • Entries can be pre-existing material created by the participant
  • Participants must join using an active email address so if chosen as a winner, they can be easily contacted
  • The winning design may be modified to accommodate production requirements
  • Inappropriate or harmful submissions will be removed
  • No purchase necessary
  • Participants that win prizes agree to their works being used as described in the 'Details' section. Participants that do not win, will not give up any rights to their work except in connection with the contest
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to disqualify participants who we believe are cheating the voting system as this is against the spirit of the Creative Invite
  • 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. O2 will select the overall winners. The highest voted entry also receives a prize
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
Read Here

O2 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.

Key Dates
  • Submit By: August 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: August 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: August 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: August 23, 2013