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> > > Unlimited launches T-shirt design competition and exhibition opportunity for young disabled people

Unlimited has opened submissions for its ‘Your Slogan Here’ competition, offering young disabled people under 26 living in England and Scotland the opportunity to design a slogan and/or image for a T-shirt that will be exhibited at the Southbank Centre during Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival in September 2014.

a white t-shirt is covered with large drips of green, yellow, red, blue and purple paint

As part of the Unlimited Impact initiative, funded by the Spirit of 2012 (Spirit), ‘Your Slogan Here’ is looking for submissions from young disabled people that address the everyday social, political and personal issues that matter to them.

The Unlimited selection panel will select their 10 favourite designs which will be made into a limited edition run of T-shirts and prints for exhibition at the Southbank Centre, the Shape Gallery at Westfield Stratford and further afield.

Attendees of the festival will be able to vote for their favourite design from the ten, and the overall winner will be announced on 5 September at the festival itself.

Spirit is a new charity, established by the Big Lottery Fund, to support projects that tackle disadvantage by providing opportunities in sport, the arts and volunteering. It is working to ensure the spirit and opportunities of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics can be felt by everyone, everywhere. 

Spirit has funded Unlimited Impact to provide a new platform to showcase the talent of people passionate about making change through the arts whilst deepening discussion and debate around work by disabled artists. The Paralympics had a huge impact changing the perceptions of disability and our partnership seeks to sustain and progress.

Jo Verrent, Senior Producer for Unlimited says: 
“I'm the right age to remember the disability 'slogan' T-shirts from the first time round, before the Disability Discrimination Act (now the Equalities Act) was passed - I particularly liked the Direct Action Network's Star Trek parody:  'To Boldly go.. where everyone else has been before'.  I'm delighted that thanks to the Spirit of 2012, Unlimited Impact will be able to capture the politics of a new generation of young disabled people and we'll get to find out what is forefront in their minds. Has society shifted in the intervening twenty years or are they facing the same battles for access and equality? I can't wait to find out what we'll be wearing on our chests this summer.”

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive for Spirit says:
“It is brilliant to see a project we support be so inclusive from the outset. We were established to build on the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Games; around changing perceptions of disability, enabling the arts as a tool for change and empowering young people – so this t-shirt competition is just brilliant!  I cannot wait to see what the artists come up, certainly look forward to getting my hands on one and wearing it with pride!”

All entrants should email for an application form.  

Deadline for submissions is 3 August 2014.