ARTSTHREAD and i-D Magazine Launch the Online Global Design Graduate Show 2020

ARTSTHREAD has partnered with i-D Magazine, to launch the online Global Design Graduate Show 2020 - the first ever online global design competition - as a proactive response to this year’s covid-19 disruption. 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 showcased online this September.

Covid-19 has had a really disruptive impact on all of the creative art and design students worldwide due to graduate this year. The majority of the universities and art & design schools have had to cancel end of year shows and exhibitions. Under disruptive circumstances and with no direct access to studios, workshops, mentors and technician help - students have had to adapt to online teaching and reimagine and deliver different projects from those initially planned. The competition was launched to turn the negative narrative of the disruption into a positive opportunity during challenging times, 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.

ARTSTHREAD is inviting a wide range of global design-led creative brands to help sponsor the awards over a variety of different art and design categories. The shortlisted creatives will be judged and mentored by leading industry figures and featured on a distinctive innovative digital platform, globaldesigngraduateshow.com, allowing a global audience to see their submissions and vote for their favourites through August and September. The 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.

Updated news about award partners and industry jury will be announced in June.

Read more on i-d.vice.com

“We are extremely honoured to partner with i-D Magazine on this first of its kind global online graduate competition and invite the leading global brands to partner with us and help create innovative new ways to offer meaningful and positive digital portfolio solutions and opportunities to the class of 2020 graduates.“

Jens Laugesen, Creative Director ARTSTHREAD

“A new 2020 - we are certain that this year’s graduates will show us how adversity will push creativity forward into new thoughts and imaginings that go way beyond what we would have considered possible six month’s ago.”

Katie Dominy, Co-Founder/Co-President ARTSTHREAD


WHO CAN APPLY: Open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2019-20 - i.e. September 2019 to July 2020.

ENTRY: Free to apply

DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 31 2020 23.59 GMT

COMPETITION LINK: artsthread.com/GDGS20


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