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‘The Bureaucracy of Angels’ I-D Creation Poster Competition for Schools and Colleges

Open to children and young people aged 11–18 attending school or college in Greater London.*

Welcome to the I-D Creation Poster Competition for Schools and Colleges inspired by the film ‘The Bureaucracy of Angels’ by artists Broomberg & Chanarin, a project commissioned by Art on the Underground. This competition is open to all schools and colleges based in the Greater London area*, as your opportunity to create an eye-catching poster design. The winning design will be chosen by the artists, then produced by a professional designer and exhibited at the winner’s local Tube station and featured online.

Your brief

Design and create a poster as an alternative Zip Oyster or Oyster photocard**, inspired by ‘The Bureaucracy of Angels’, and the themes of identity and identity cards.


  • A self-portrait
  • An object that represents you
  • A journey you’ve taken – locally or abroad
  • A reference to your local Tube station
  • A feature from ‘The Bureaucracy of Angels’

Please DO NOT include your name in the design.


Entries should be in portrait format but can be in any style (e.g. abstract, impressionist, cartoon, etc.) with the exception of graffiti-style artworks, which are not eligible, and you can use any colours or simply black and white. Entries must avoid lots of white space.


Entries may use any 2D medium such as drawing, painting, digital photography, computerised imagery, collage, or photographic collage.

Register your School or College

Schools and colleges can register online using the form below from 10 October 2017 and the competition deadline is 15 December 2017.


The winner will be chosen by the artists and notified by 23 February 2018. The winning design will be worked on by a professional designer and the winner’s poster will be exhibited at their local Tube station and featured online from March 2018. They will also be invited to a launch event. In addition, two runners up will be chosen to have their work shown on Art on the Underground’s website alongside the winning entry.

Get designing! We look forward to receiving your entry.


*Before you enter please make sure you read the terms and conditions below.
** Zip Oyster photocards are for ages 11-15 and 16+. Oyster photocards are for 18+.


Download the Learning Guide
An introduction to artists Broomberg & Chanarin and their film ‘The Bureaucracy of Angels’. For Key Stages 3-5.



To register

Please fill in the form below and upload your poster images.

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png.
    Posters should be uploaded as jpg files, no bigger than 1MB in size
  • Competition Terms and Conditions

Underline Learning Guide

Launched at A New Direction’s Schools Conference 2015

This free, guide has been devised for primary and secondary teachers and young people who are working towards an Arts Award. It serves as an introduction to the Underline: Art & Music for the Victoria line, alongside design history and local context of the Line. Drawing on a wealth of local expertise, collections, cultural venues and facilities, it includes a variety of classroom-activity suggestions for different subjects which can be used as a springboard for teachers to devise their own projects, as well as our schools music competition Underline Journeys.

Visit Underline: Art & Music for the Victoria line for information on the five commissions, projects, events and activities

Underline Journeys: School Music Competition

Matt Rogers’ Sample Set:
Use AIFF download for Garageband, and WAV download for others


Open to children age 5-18, attending school*
Entry deadline: 18 March 2016 – Competition now closed

A music competition open to all schools based in the Greater London area*, to create and produce an audio track inspired by the sounds of the Victoria line.

The overall winning composition wins a special masterclass with contemporary composer Matt Rogers, one of the five Underline commissioned artists. A runners-up prize will e awarded for each of the age categories (see T&Cs).

Resources: Matt Rogers’ video interview; Matt Rogers’ Sample Set; Tube Map PDF.

The challenge: compose a piece of music that reflects a journey travelling along the Victoria line.

Begin by watching the short video of Matt Rogers talking about his work and what the Victoria line means to him.

What you need to do
1. Look at the Tube map and choose the stations and local areas that you would like to pass through (we suggest you choose two, but you might like to choose more). Think about which stations and areas may produce the most interesting sounds (e.g. Brixton market).

2. Brainstorm the ideas that you would like to reflect in the music, e.g. the sounds of people, announcements, rhythmic track sounds, brakes, slowing and speeding of the tempo, the increase and decrease in dynamics, the different layers (texture), the different timbres (e.g. metallic, footsteps,
electric sounds).

3. Play around with motifs and rhythms and begin to put together the different sections of your music. Use percussion, vocals and tuned instruments in any way that you would like.

4. Incorporate one or more extracts from Matt Roger’s Sample Set. Think about how this can be done most effectively. You can use music technology to manipulate the sounds, e.g. reverse them, speed them up, stretch them or chop them into smaller parts.

5. Record some of your own samples, such as the school cafeteria, corridors or traffic outside the school.

6. Your samples along with Matt’s samples will become the soundscape for which you produce your finished piece of music.(Maximum duration two-minutes per track)

Crafting the Line - Schools Project with Jasleen Kaur

Arts & Media School Islington (Islington) – Herbert Morrison Primary School (Lambeth) – Soho Parish Primary (Westminster) – Stamford Hill Primary School (Haringey) – Walthamstow School for Girls (Waltham Forest) – William Ellis School (Camden)

Artist Jasleen Kaur lead a project with six schools located along the Victoria line resulting in ambitious artwork displayed at Underground stations in summer 2016. Working with Jasleen, pupils went on a filmic journey of the Victoria line, above ground, to explore and document its diverse range of local cultures, communities and craftspeople.

With reference to local stores, skills and craftspeople located close to the Victoria line, pupils worked to produce an alternative archive of hand-made prototypes and assemblages that visually catalogue the different parts of their journey. Their final objects will contribute towards an imaginary shop stretching the length of the Victoria line.

Part of Underline: Art & Music for the Victoria line, a series of artists’ projects and a free, public programme located along the Victoria line.

Visit our Events section for details of free, family activity sessions with Jasleen Kaur  in September & October 2016.

Labyrinth Teacher Pack

To celebrate this special year, artist Mark Wallinger has created a major new project entitled Labyrinth – 270 individual artworks, one at each of the 270 stations on the network, each bearing its own unique circular labyrinth.

Click through to the new Labyrinth Learning page on our microsite to download the Labyrinth Teacher Pack, see all the entries for our 2013 Schools Poster Competition and more…

Pop-Up Journeys Teacher Pack

This Teacher Pack is inspired by the work of two artists – Sarah Bridgland and Sarah Morris. The aim of this pack is to provide the theme Pop-Up Journeys as inspiration for KS3 scheme of work or individual art lessons.

Pop-Up Journeys is a project devised by artist Sarah Bridgland in response to Sarah Morris’ Big Ben [2012] commission at Gloucester Road station. Morris painted a series of ‘portraits of the city of London’ places so they responded site-specifically to the station architecture.

Bridgland took ideas from this commission into nearby Holland Park School in 2012/13 and worked with students to produce a poster exhibition at Earl’s Court Underground station.

The project was delivered in partnership with ReachOutRCA, the outreach programme for the Royal College of Art.

See the students’ artwork at Pop-Up Journeys

KS3 Years 7,8 & 9: Scheme of work or individual art lessons

100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art

This Guide was written for visitors to the exhibition 100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art celebrating 100 Years of the London Transport symbol, the Roundel. The guide is aimed at teachers, families and group leaders and draws on the contemporary artists’ responses as well as looking back at historical examples of artists internpreting the Roundel.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the symbol of London Underground and London’s transport system – the Roundel – Art on the Underground commissioned 100 artists to make brand new works of art inspired by the Roundel as a contemporary symbol for a world-class transport system.