Celebrate Black Joy - Poster Competition Winners

We collaborated with artist Nadina Ali to creatively collate experiences and thoughts about being a BLACK staff member or student at Loughborough.  Using templates we issued a callout for poster designs which Nadina will eventually use to design large banners that communicate these ideas to the wider university community; to be installed on our Loughborough campus later in the year.

We received a large number of entries including slogans, illustrations, heartfelt poems & painted collages all representing powerful imagery of Black Joy and identity. 

Nadina and ourselves have now judged all the incredible entries and have awarded three cash prizes.

1st Place - Candis Boateng

An illustrative design featuring five black women standing by each other on a pink background.
Candis Boateng's unapologetic and strong celebration of Black girlhood won first place.

2nd Place - Zak Bates

A collaged illustrative poster design in the colours red, orange, yellow, purple, blue and black, featuring words in serif font such as Bright, Unique, Intelligent and Brave.
Zak Bates came in 2nd Place for an uplifting and colourful celebration of Black people's qualities.

3rd Place - Festus Adeyemi

A poster design illustrated in the colour yellow and black with a stencil image of a Black woman looking at the viewer, she is wearing a circular white earing. The phrase I LOVE BEING BLACK BECAUSE OF MY IDENTITY surrounds the frame.
Festus Adeyemi's entry came third and features a bold and confident celebration of Black cultural identity.

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