Exhibit your art or photography at Parliament

Winner Announced On
November 15, 2012

It's no secret that many young people find politics boring and it's no secret that we want to change that, starting by redecorating your Parliament your way! Are you aged 14-24 and live in the UK? Then here's your chance to have your artwork or photography included in a special exhibition at one of the UK's most famous buildings - the Houses of Parliament.

All you have to do is submit a piece of artwork or photography inspired by Britain this year. Whether it's the London Olympic and Paralympic games, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Adele winning 6 Grammy awards, a famous UK landmark or a combination of all the above - what do you feel is special about being British this year?

42 winners overall will be selected for this special exhibition at The Houses of Parliament in December this year: 28 winners chosen by the guest judges, famous portrait artist Basia Hamilton and photographer Rama Knight and 14 artists/photographers with the highest amount of public votes.

"Redecorate and rebrand British politics by showing your 'Inspired Impressions' within Parliament. A chance for youth creativity and flair to brighten up the atmosphere and remind the decision makers that the future generations have a creative role to play within democracy."

- Michael Sani, Bite the Ballot

"Inspired Impressions is encouraging young people across the UK to fulfil their potential. I am proud that we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to boost participation in creative challenges like this." Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic

- Games and Paralympic Games
Bite the Ballot aims to inspire young people to speak up and be a part of the decisions that directly affect them. The message is clear: "Don't wait for someone else to make changes for the better - make the changes yourself. We have a direct voice to the people that make the decisions… we can’t change the system but we can change the outcome! Join us, have your say, it's our future!".

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Basia Hamilton, is World-famous for her portraits of Pope John Paul II, H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, H.R.H. Princess Royal and many more. Devoted to giving young people the opportunity to showcase their talent, she established her 'Renaissance of Portrait Foundation' to promote and inspire young people to paint.

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Rama Knight is a professional photographer based in the UK with an international client list. Rama shoots for both advertising and portrait briefs. Excited about crossing the boundaries of commercial work with art photography, Rama is now exhibiting internationally.

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Basia and Rama will choose 28 winners whose artwork will be displayed at this one-off exhibition.

Basia will choose a selection of winners to attend a fantastic workshop session at her studio in Mayfair, London.*

Rama will also choose a winner to join him on location - a brilliant opportunity to assist a professional photographer.*

*Please note: selected winners will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.

The 14 submissions that receive the most votes will also have their artwork included in this exhibition.

All the above winning artists/photographers will receive a certificate from Bite the Ballot and the Olympic 2012 Inspire committee as well as being featured across the media involved with this exciting project.

The judges 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.
  • Submissions must be original. If anyone has helped you with your submission don't forget to credit them!
  • Please give us a description about your entry for this challenge
  • The winning artwork will be exhibited at the Houses of Parliament so please ensure the original is somewhere between A1 and A4 in size (photographic submissions will have to be enlarged)
  • Artwork submissions should be photographed ready for upload!
  • This opportunity is only open to UK residents, if you are not from the UK you understand and agree that you are not eligible for prizing
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
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Key Dates
  • Submit By: October 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: October 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: November 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: November 15, 2012