Artwork competition launches for Manchester Engineering Campus Development

The University's Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is set to open in 2021, and a new competition has launched to offer entrants the chance of adorning its walls and glazed panelling with their artwork.

A similar student competition resulted in the art you now see in the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. It has given this building a unique vibrancy, adding to the welcoming atmosphere for our students and staff. When MECD becomes the new home for the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Materials, and Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, it will provide a particularly big canvas.

Win a great prize

You will receive a £50 gift voucher if your entry is selected. Your entry will also appear in a printed catalogue of the artwork for MECD.

MECD will also host a diverse range of learning and social spaces that will be used by students from across the University. These spaces include innovative lecture theatres for blended learning, more than 1,000 individual and group study places, and the University's first engineering makerspace. High-density WiFi is provided throughout the buildings, the lecture theatres include power at the desk, and all the small study rooms are equipped for screen casting and session capture.

There is real opportunity to use art to provide inspiration for everybody studying and working in MECD, and also to celebrate the University's rich heritage of pioneering innovation in engineering and science.

Make your mark

In the first of several competitions, you are invited to create a piece of art to appear in MECD. Given the departments for which MECD will become home, links to engineering and science would be welcome, but you may also wish to consider art that connects you to the University. This might be related to the subject you are studying or to the city of Manchester.

What sort of art are we looking for?

Illustrations, graphics, scribbles, patterns, doodles, formulae, poems, photographs, computer generated art - in fact, don't be limited by what we can imagine!

What medium can I use?

We are happy to receive both paper and electronic submissions. Paper submissions must be A4 (portrait or landscape) size. When making electronic submissions please consider that we may wish to scale your image, to fill a large wall expanse for example, and so select image file formats with this in mind.

How many times can I enter?

Multiple entries will be accepted.

How do I submit my entry?

Each entry, whether on paper or in electronic format, must be accompanied by a completed competition form. The competition form provides us with your contact details and also your permission to use the artwork if it is selected.

By post

If you are submitting your artwork on paper then this can accompany the completed competition form.

Please send through completed competition forms / artwork to:


-Image Competition

-Room LG020

-Communications and Marketing

-John Owens Building

-The University of Manchester

-Oxford Road

-Manchester M13 9PL


If you send this via an external postal system (like a Royal Mail post box) you will need to affix a stamp to the envelope, however, if you send this through the University’s internal postal system, which will be in your School office, this is free. You may need to put this in a cardboard envelope to protect the artwork.

By email

If you are submitting your artwork electronically then the file should be emailed to imagecompetition@manchester.ac.uk.

Please ensure that the filename of your artwork includes your full name (and for students, preferably your ID number). You should also indicate the filename on the competition form.

If you are submitting more than one entry, then each will need its own completed competition form.

The University will retain all progress drawings and full copyright for the finished image. By submitting your artwork you are granting The University of Manchester permission to digitise, manipulate and reproduce your image.

To receive a competition entry form and for full terms and conditions, please email Joe Beeso-Cope.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 5pm on Friday, 3 May 2019

For further information about MECD visit: https://www.mecd.manchester.ac.uk/


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