ARTSTHREAD is partnering with i-D Magazine to create an online Global Design Graduate Show 2020 with entries being collected through July 31. The show came about as a proactive response to the Covid-19 health crisis as a way for recent graduates to get exposure and make connections in lieu of cancelled year-end shows and internships. The competition is open to all students graduating in any under- or post-graduate art & design degree over the academic year 2019-20, and the winners will be showcased online this September.
According to ARTSTHREAD Creative Director Jens Laugesen the goal of the competition is to "turn the negative narrative of the disruption into a positive opportunity...by uniting the industry leaders and media to help showcase the diversity of the graduates' creative work next to their peers from around the world."
A wide range of global creative brands have also come on board as sponsors and judges (ed. note: I am one of the judges). The shortlisted creatives will be judged and mentored by leading industry figures and featured on globaldesigngraduateshow.com, a new digital platform. A global audience will be encouraged to view the work and vote for their favorites through August and September. Category award winners will be announced in September during an event to be confirmed at Somerset House during London Fashion Week and London Design Festival.
The program is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the academic year 2019 - 2020. There is no fee to enter, and the deadline to submit your work is July 31, 2020. To enter visit artsthread.com/GDGS20.