Calling all budding artists!

5 August 2009

House of Cards

Shelter has launched a competition offering budding artists and designers the chance to display their work alongside the biggest names in British art, including Damien Hirst, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.

In association with Leo Burnett London, we have invited 52 of the country’s top artists to design a playing card for a unique exhibition that forms a part of our award-winning House of Cards campaign. The campaign, involving TV and poster ads, depicts a collapsing house of playing cards that highlights the fragility of Britain’s housing market - in which a home is being repossessed every eight minutes.

Shelter has held back one card and now, with the help of Metro newspaper, we're calling on the public to help complete the deck by creating the final card - the eight of clubs.

There are no restrictions or limitations to the way the card is designed - photography, sculptures, textiles, illustrations, street art or paintings are all welcome. The only rule is that it is an original work of art designed in a creative and interesting way.

Entries should be uploaded to the competition website by Friday 21 August. The public will then have a week to vote on their favourite design before the top five will be put to painter, animation director and film-maker Simon Henwood, who will choose the winner. Simon is creating the two of diamonds card for the exhibition.

The winning card will be hung alongside the others at the Haunch of Venison gallery in London’s Piccadilly, where the House of Cards exhibition which will run from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 September 2009.

The winning artist will also attend an exclusive launch party on the opening night.

Shelter’s chief executive Sam Younger says:

'This competition is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see your work appear alongside the very best in British art and design and I’d encourage anyone with creativity and imagination, whatever their interest in art, to enter.

'The exhibition will help raise vital awareness of the depth of Britain’s housing crisis. With an estimated 65,000 homes facing repossession this year and 6 million households suffering stress and depression because of housing costs, more and more people are coming to Shelter for help and support.'

Find out more about the competition