Orion Art and Design Student Competition
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In 2013 Orion set a design competition resulting in the winner repackaging the Dylan Thomas backlist and a special edition hardback. In 2014 we teamed up with one of London’s premier illustration agencies, Illustration Ltd, to launch the Orion illustration competition. This proved to be a huge success – not only for the winner who saw her cover design printed on an special anniversary print run of the international best seller Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder – but gave Orion exposure to lots of emerging talent throughout the UK to commercial commissioners.
This year Orion is launching a competition which will be our most ambitious by far. It will be open to all UK students at degree level or above. Entries can be submitted in any medium the student chooses to use: photography, illustration, graphic design or multimedia. We are looking for clever, innovative and beautiful images that have been well thought through and are based on the brief outlined below.
The winner will have the opportunity to work with the award-winning Art Department at Orion Books and we will be sharing the most exciting entrants on our website. All entries should be sent no later then 11 April 2016. The competition winner will be announced at the end of April 2016.
The Versions of Us is a beautiful, vibrant, uplifting literary novel, published to much critical acclaim. Central to the story is a painting (described below), which we would like you to interpret in any way you want. You could turn this image into a film, painting, campaign or book cover. The possibilities are endless!
What if you had said yes . . . ?
Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge University, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog.
What happens next will determine the rest of their lives.
We follow three different versions of their future – together, and apart – as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day.
The Versions of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the different paths that our lives might follow.
What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?
THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ARTWORK FROM THE NOVEL
In the studio, the heater is breathing out the warm smell of burning dust. Marcel is sprawled in front of it on the old rag-rug, belly up. ‘Hello, boy.’ Jim leans down, tickles him under the chin, and the cat preens, shifts. ‘We’ll have some music, shall we?’
He slides Blood on the Tracks into the cassette player (his gift, last Christmas, from Sinclair and his mother), presses play. He tugs the sheet from his easel – an old habit, never broken, though Helena rarely comes in here any more; she has taken to throwing her own “sculptures” on Iris’s wheel – reaches into his pocket for his rolling tobacco, papers. Early one morning, the sun was shining, I was lying in bed . . . He sings along, pinching the tobacco, laying it along the shaft of the paper, narrowing his eyes at the canvas. Wondering if she’s changed at all, if her hair was still red . . .
The woman’s hair is not red: it’s a deep, dark brown, with a conker’s lustre. She is turning away, looking towards the man who sits behind her, on their living-room sofa: he is facing her, and the viewer; with an expression that Jim wishes to be unreadable. At the moment, his main fear is that the man – who is both him and not him, just as the woman is both Helena and Eva Katz, and any of the women he has ever met – looks too miserable.
This is the third panel of the triptych. The other two, standing sheet-wrapped against the studio wall, are almost the same, but for minor variations: in the first, it is the woman seated on the sofa, and the man standing; in the second, they are both sitting. He has changed small details about the room, too: the position of the clock on the wall behind the sofa; the cards and photographs on the mantelpiece; the colour of the cat stretched out on the armchair (only one is black and white, in homage to Marcel).
‘Like a Spot the Difference,’ Helena said when he first outlined the idea to her: she was joking, but he felt the sting. His aspirations for the triptych are much grander. The painting is about the many roads not taken, the many lives not lived. He has called it The Versions of Us.
The winner will have the opportunity to work with the award-winning Art Department at Orion Books and have their design appear on a book. They will also win a 12 month mentoring course from Illustration Ltd, who will provide support with your portfolio so it’s ready for graduation, and you can visit the agency in London who will option your work for future representation.
The judges for the 2015 competition will be:
- Lucie Stericker (Creative Director, Orion Publishing Group)
- Steve Marking (Art Director, Orion Publishing Group)
- Sara Griffin (Art Buyer, Orion Publishing Group)
- Kirsty Dunseath (Publishing Director, Orion Publishing Group)
- Laura Barnett (Author, The Versions of Us)
The Orion Publishing Group was founded in 1991. Soon after, Orion acquired Weidenfeld & Nicolson, which established its reputation by publishing controversial bestsellers such as Nabokov’s Lolita, and over the years it has continued to publish high quality, prize-winning fiction and non-fiction across a range of genres. Recent and current authors include Michael Palin, Antonia Fraser, Edna O’Brien, H.G. Wells and Pope John Paul II. Orion Books’ design team have produced many iconic covers, including the global bestseller Gone Girl, and Antony Beevor’s The Second World War.
Founded in 1929, Illustration Ltd is a leading international agency with offices in London, New York, Hamburg, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney and Mumbai. Representing over 150 of the world's leading illustrators, artists and animators, we work with clients spanning publishing, advertising, design, retail, fashion, packaging, editorial and motion graphics.
Can I send in more than one entry?
Each applicant may only send in one entry per title.
Where can I find out more about Orion Books?
Would it be a good idea to read the books?
Of course; it would be greatly beneficial to familiarise yourself with the book but it is not essential, we have provided enough information.
The closing date for entries is Monday 11 April 2016.
Entries must be supplied in the following format:
A3 PDF with image/s and description of your idea, 1 page preferred but no more than 3 please.
If you have created a website or animation please send a link along with your PDF.
Maximum file size 7 MB
All entries must be submitted digitally to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries submitted in any other way, either by hard copy or email, will not be accepted.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Deadline for Entries
The closing date for entries is Monday 11 April 2016.
Orion will accept submissions from Friday 29 January 2016.
To be eligible for the competition you must be a student in a degree or above, studying in the UK.
There can be only one named entrant per entry.
Submissions must be emailed to email@example.com. Any entries submitted in any other way will not be accepted. Any work sent to the offices of Orion Publishing cannot be returned. Orion cannot be held responsible for any original artwork delivered in person to the offices.
4. Terms and Conditions of Entry
• The closing date for receipt of all entries is Monday 11 April 2016.
• No purchase necessary to enter this competition.
• This competition is open to students on an arts degree course in the UK. This competition is not open to students on a Foundation Course – any Orion staff member or their families.
• No responsibility can be accepted for incorrectly uploading entries. Submissions by agents or third parties are invalid.
• All correctly submitted entries will be forwarded to the judging panel.
• Entries will not be returned to entrants and Orion accepts no responsibility for loss of or damage of work.
• The winner of the competition will be announced on the Orion website on 29 April 2016 and the winner notified by telephone and or email beforehand.
• The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered to the winner.
• If at the sole discretion of the judges, none of the entries reach the high standard expected, no prize will be awarded.
• The decision of the judges is final and correspondence will be entered into only at the absolute discretion of Orion.
• All entrants hereby licence Orion Publishing the use of their entry for display on any Hachette-owned website and media partners. Appropriate credits will be given when possible.
• Orion Publishing will use any data submitted by entrants only for the purposes of running the completion, unless otherwise stated. By entering the completion all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by Orion for the purposes of administration of this completion.
• By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to these Terms and Conditions.