Enter our Science Fiction-themed print competition
inspired by Into The Unknown

Are you an illustrator, artist or photographer? To celebrate the upcoming exhibition               Into the Unknown: A journey through Science Fiction, the Barbican have teamed up with contemporary illustration magazine Wrap to run an exciting new print competition. We want to discover new creative talent, and see original interpretations of the genre of Science Fiction - apply for a chance to have your print sold in the Barbican Shop.

All entries must be received by Sunday 30 April 2017 at 6pm GMT.

The brief

We would like you to create an A3 artwork that embodies and celebrates the theme of Science Fiction. 

Just as the exhibition will explore different narratives within the vast arena of Science Fiction, so too can your print. Your response could be literal, taking inspiration from your favourite film, poster, character, soundtrack or comic, or you could explore a more abstract interpretation of the theme – looking at concepts such as space, reality, parallel universes, time travel and technology. Your artwork/print could encompass lots of different references, or be a celebration of one particular strand or topic; you might what to consider what Science Fiction means to you, or there might be a current topic you feel strongly about that you’d like to explore using the visual language associated with Science Fiction. 

We’re looking for exciting, expressive and original approaches to the brief that show off your unique skills and style. 

Things to consider

Your artwork will be printed in full colour using the latest digital technology, so consider your colour palette and make the most of the full colour spectrum available. 

The five winning prints will, subject to agreement, be available for the public to buy at the Barbican Shop, so keep this in mind and consider what others might enjoy or take from your finished piece. 

Technical details

File type: JPEG (high resolution / 300dpi) 
Colour: CMYK formatted 
Size: A3 (297mm x 420mm) 
Orientation: landscape or portrait 
Title and description: please title your artwork and provide a brief 50 word description of the inspiration/concept behind your image 
One entry per person 
Deadline: All entries must be received by Sunday 30 April 2017 at 6pm GMT.

Applicants must be UK based. The selected winner must have the original Photoshop, Indesign or relevant software version of the design to ensure a high quality print.


Entries will be carefully considered by our judging panel. Judging will take place in early May and the five successful entrants will be informed by Friday 12 May. 


Margaux Soland: Buyer, Barbican Centre 
Patrick Gyger: Guest Curator, Barbican Centre 
Polly Glass: Editor, Wrap Magazine 
Chris Harrison: Creative Director, Wrap Magazine 
Tom Clohosy Cole: Freelance illustrator and animator 


The five winning entrants will: 

  • be invited to attend an afternoon with team members from Wrap and the Barbican, for talks and one-to-one portfolio sessions as well as a chance to fully explore the exhibition.
  • be offered the chance to have their artworks printed and sold at the Barbican Shop for the duration of the exhibition with a competitive royalty payment, alongside full details about the artist and the inspiration behind their artwork.

  • Each print will include details about the artist and the inspiration behind their artwork 

    One overall winning print will be also be selected, and that artist will receive a one year complimentary Barbican membership, two tickets to the Into The Unknown Private View, a Science Fiction-themed goodie bag worth £100, plus £50 to spend at wrapmagazineshop.com 

    How to apply

    Deadline for applications is Sunday 30 April at 6pm GMT.

    Please submit your information in the form below. Once completed, you will receive an email containing a link to Dropbox where you will be able to upload one file to represent the work you'd like to submit (Please save your work as a .jpeg under FirstName_LastNaMe.jpeg). Applicants who submit more than one file will not be considered.

    First Name*
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    Title of artwork*
    Please provide a short description of the inpsiration/concept behind your artwork (50 words)*
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