News | Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Bag yourself £100 and design a Library tote bag

Calling all School of Art students!

Library tote bag competition
What are you waiting for?

The Library are running an exciting competition to find a stand-out design to feature on a new canvas tote bag.

As part of the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability and listening to the student voice, the Library will be introducing reusable tote bags for students and staff to purchase and use.

The competition is open to all current Manchester School of Art students and there is £100 (on your Met Card) up for grabs for the winning design, as well as the chance to see your work being used across campus!

What you design is completely up to you, maybe you wish to take inspiration from your own experience? However, it should be recognisable to others as representing the University’s Library. Full details of the brief and specification can be found below.

Competition closes at midnight on Friday, 16th February, so get your creative juices flowing! All the entries will be reviewed by a panel, which will include Malcolm Garrett, a renowned graphic designer and notable Manchester School of Art alumnus.

Professor Garrett founded the innovative graphic design group Assorted iMaGes while still at the School of Art in 1977 and created landmark designs for Buzzcocks, Duran Duran and Simple Minds. He is now Creative Director at the design consultancy Images&Co and is a Founder and Joint Artistic Director of the Design Manchester festival. You can visit his exhibition at our Special Collections Gallery in the All Saints Library.

If you have any further questions about the competition or wish to submit your design, please email with the subject field ‘Library Bag Competition’. Best of luck!

Full brief

Artwork specifications

In submitting your entry you assign the artwork to us for use and hand over any right to use the design for any other purpose. Although there is a £100 prize for the winner of the competition, there is no further financial arrangements involved for the continued use of the design by the University.

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