Schools Poster Competition

Welcome to the Labyrinth Schools Poster Competition to mark 150 years of London Underground in 2013

Artist Mark Wallinger chooses winners of Labyrinth Schools Poster Competition to celebrate 150th anniversary of Tube

Turner prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger has chosen the three winners from Art on the Underground’s Labyrinth Schools Poster Competition from over 800 entries from 49 schools across 27 London boroughs. The winning entries are from young people aged 5 to 18 years and were chosen for their highly original design and excellent interpretation of the competition brief.

Hundreds of thousands of customers will see the three lucky winners’ artwork when it is displayed as a poster across all London Underground stations from 4 October.

The posters were inspired by the words ‘Future Journeys’ or ‘Your Journey Starts Here’. The competition drew upon Labyrinth, a major permanent project by artist Mark Wallinger, who has created a unique artwork for each of the 270 Tube stations for the 150th anniversary of London Underground.

The posters could be based on a vision of what a Tube station might look like in 2063 – when the Tube will be 200 years old. The designs also needed to include a reference to the entrant’s local station and a labyrinth design.

Earlier on Thursday 3 October Mark Wallinger and Mike Brown MVO Managing Director of London Underground and London Rail awarded all 12 students certificates and prizes in person at Southwark station.


Primary – Flora Campbell, Lyndhurst Primary School, Southwark

Secondary – D’arcy Livermore-Ephraim, St.Paul’s Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets

Sixth Form – Ibrahim Hashi, Brentside High School, Ealing

The nine commended entries, listed below, are also featured here on the online Competition Gallery

 Primary – Nirujan Thevarajah, Bond Primary School , Merton – Rojdar Cam, Bounds Green School, Haringey – Rosie Vaughan, Wimbledon Park Primary School, Merton

Secondary – Caitlin Stanborough, Harris Academy Purley, Croydon – Lisa Patel, Swaminarayan School, Brent – Rayhan Karim, St. Paul’s Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets

Sixth Form – Pei Ei Leong, Brentside High School, Ealing – Jessica Pereira, Plumstead Manor School, Greenwich – Wura Bolarinwa, Brentside High School, Ealing

Louise Coysh, Curator for Art on the Underground at London Underground, said: “I’ve been bowled over by the standard of the entries and the way in which all the schools have engaged with the ideas behind Labyrinth. I’m sure these fantastic artworks will impress our customers as much as they impressed Mark Wallinger.”

D’arcy Livermore-Ephraim from St.Paul’s Way Trust Secondary School, Tower Hamlets, said:  “I entered the competition because we were learning about mazes so our Art Teacher, Miss Bader, told us about the Underground competition and then we started to make our Underground labyrinths.

“I feel very happy that thousands of people are going to see my poster and I know lots of people go through the Underground everyday for work so I’m very happy that they are going to see my art work.”

Mark Wallinger, said: “It’s been wonderful to see such an impressive array of personal responses by so many children and young people across the city who I hope will continue to engage with the artworks and the ideas behind them for years to come.”


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The Labyrinth Schools Poster Competition

is part of Art on the Underground’s engagement programme. The Competition has been delivered in partnership with A New Direction, an organisation that connects children, young people and education with the best of arts and culture in London. The project was supported using public funding from Arts Council England, with additional support from JCDecaux.



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Before you enter the competition you must agree to these:

London Underground Limited

Mark Wallinger Labyrinth Poster Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. Entry to the Competition is only open to children aged 18 or under on the 26th April 2013 and who attend school in the Greater London area in addition to Chiltern, Epping Forest, Three Rivers and Watford. The Competition is divided into three age categories:
    5 – 11 years old
    12 – 16 years old and
    17 – 18 years old
  2. To enter the Competition, a school must first register at [Insert link] by completing the online registration form. Teachers may then submit the artwork on behalf of the entrant and may submit multiple entries, but only one image per entrant.
  3. Entries to the Competition must be submitted using the official entry form for each artwork that is submitted, which is available at Any entry not made on the official entry form or which is incomplete, illegible, defaced or a copy of an official form will be rejected. The Promoter shall not be responsible for late, lost or delayed entries or network, computer hardware or software failures of any kind that may delay or restrict entry to the competition.
  4. Completion of the on-line registration form, together with checking the ‘I Agree’ tick box indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  5. The Competition begins on 26th April 2013 (“the Opening Date”) and runs until 28th June 2013, 11.59PM (“the Closing Date”).
  6. The judges will pick one winner in each of the age categories, and all three winners will be invited to a prize giving ceremony, on a date to be confirmed. Each winner will work with the professional designer to turn their design into full scale poster design which will then be professionally printed and displayed in some of the London Underground stations around the capital. The winners will also receive a copy of their poster. There is no alternative prize or cash alternative.
  7. All winners must be able to provide the original artwork to the Promoter upon request.
  8. Entries will be judged on their artistic merits (taking into consideration the age category) and creative responses to the brief. Three winners, one for each age category will be chosen at the sole opinion of the judges. Entries will be anonymous for judging purposes.
  9. The judges’ decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into. The names of the judges will be made available on request, subject to applicable law.
  10. All entries should respond to one of the two creative briefs set out in the Poster Competition Information.
  11. Entries should be submitted in portrait format and should be no more than 1000pixels wide and be saved as a JPEG (72dpi). Files greater than 1MB may not be accepted.
  12. Entries can be in any style, (e.g. abstract, impressionist, cartoon, etc) with the exception of graffiti-style and can use any colours, or simply be black and white. Any 2D medium such as drawing, painting, digital photography, computerized, collage, photographic collage may be used for the artwork. However, entries must be submitted in digital form only. This may be a digital photograph of the 2D artwork, a scan or a digital drawing/painting.
  13. Winning entrants shall not object to any cropping or other minor alteration of their artwork entry when used inside or outside the remit of this competition.
  14. Winning artworks will be subject to the parent/guardian of the entrant consenting on the entrants’ behalf, to grant the Promoter, its employees, media partners, and contractors a irrevocable, perpetual licence to publish, exhibit, use, or copy your entry in any press/marketing material, future press/marketing material mechanically or electronically on any media worldwide (including the internet) or as determined by the Promoter.
  15. Artworks must not offend or be likely to offend, depict or condone violence, cause distress, or contain explicit or offensive material (e.g. pornography, racial discrimination, etc.).
  16. Submission of an artwork is confirmation that it is the entrants own original artwork and that it does not infringe the intellectual property rights or copyright of a third party.
  17. Winners will be notified by phone/email by 14th July 2013. If a prize is not claimed within 72 hours of being notified, the Promoter reserves the right to determine a new winner of that prize. The names and boroughs of winners will be posted on the website from 1st October 2013.
  18. Winners agree to take part in promotional activities if required to do so. Where required the parent or guardian of the winner will be asked to sign any necessary consents or permissions as part of this competition.
  19. The Promoter will not enter into any communication or correspondence regarding individual entries.
  20. The Promoter will not be liable for any loss or damage, however caused, to any entries, and bears no responsibility for incomplete or delayed entries.
  21. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse to award prizes to anyone found to be in breach of these terms and conditions and to select another winner.
  22. The Promoter at its sole discretion may contact any non-winning entrants using the details on the entry form to request permission and make the necessary arrangements with the entrant for the original submitted artwork to be exhibited at local London Underground stations.
  23. The Promoter is London Underground Limited of 55 Broadway London, SW1H 0BD.
  24. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel the competition at any stage if it considers such action necessary, or for reasons beyond the Promoter’s reasonable control, and the Promoter will have no liability to the entrants in respect of any such cancellation.
  25. Entry to the competition is free, however all materials for the production and submission of artwork, in all forms, must be provided by the entrants.
  26. The competition and these terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed according to English law

Privacy Notice
Transport for London (TfL), its subsidiaries and service providers, will use your personal information for the purposes of administering this competition, informing you if you have won and if so, issuing your prize. If you have previously registered as a customer with TfL we will also use this information to check that your existing contact details are up to date. Your personal information will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.