Shelter launches House of Cards design competition

Shelter is searching for an illustrator, artist, or designer to provide the final playing card in an all-star deck that includes cards designed by Damien Hirst, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and more.

The housing charity has invited 52 of the UK's top artists to design a playing card, for an exhibition that forms part of its House of Cards campaign. The campaign highlights the fragility of many UK households' housing situation by depicting a collapsing house of cards.

M/M Paris has created the four of hearts (above), while fashion designer Barbara Hulanicki created the five of diamonds (below) and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe created the Jack of hearts (bottom).

Shelter calls on members of the public to create a design for the eight of clubs. There are no restrictions to the design -- it can be photography, textiles, illustration, graphic design, street art, painting or even sculpture.

Creatives have until August 21 to upload their designs to the House of Cards microsite; the public will then have a week to vote on their favourites. Animation director, painter and filmmaker Simon Henwood will pick the winner from the five most popular designs. Henwood created the two of diamonds.

The winning card will go on display alongside the other designs at a special exhibition at the Haunch of Venison gallery in September.

Shelter’s chief executive Sam Younger says: “This competition is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see your work appear alongside the very best in British art and design and I’d encourage anyone with creativity and imagination, whatever their interest in art, to enter.

“The exhibition will help raise vital awareness of the depth of Britain’s housing crisis. With an estimated 65,000 homes facing repossession this year and 6 million households suffering stress and depression because of housing costs, more and more people are coming to Shelter for help and support.”

For entry requirements and more information visit the Shelter House of Cards site.

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