Illustrating Whitby Abbey

This year we're investing £1.5 million to transform Whitby Abbey and celebrate the history of this iconic landmark. 

In 2019 discover more in the exhibition with its dramatic new displays, prepare for intriguing encounters as you explore the abbey ruins, and enjoy improved facilities.

We're giving you the chance to get involved in the project. Read on to find out more…

A family exploring Whitby Abbey

A unique opportunity

Have your artwork featured in the design scheme of the new exhibition by entering our 'Illustrating Whitby' competition. To enter you'll need to create three eye-catching illustrations, each of which should respond to one of the following interpretive themes:

  • Landscape and Occupation
  • Spirituality
  • Culture and Inspiration

The winning entry will be chosen by a panel of English Heritage's experts and incorporated on 3D voiles, illuminated and suspended from the ceiling of the museum.

The voiles will be used to highlight the three themed sections of the new exhibition so be sure to make your illustrations striking.

A lady looking out at the view of Whitby town from the abbey ruins.

The Prize

The winning entry and illustrator will be awarded £1,000 and offered a further paid commission opportunity up to the value of £2,500.

The commission will involve working with English Heritage's project team on the creation of additional illustrations. These illustrations will also feature within the 2D graphic design scheme of the new exhibition.

How to enter

To enter the competition please submit the following:

  • A completed registration form (downloadable below). Entrants must tick the T&C's box in the registration form to acknowledge acceptance of the competition Terms and Conditions.
  • Three, final version, black and white or full colour, portrait format illustrations. Each illustration must respond to the three themes - Landscape and Occupation, Spirituality, and Culture and Inspiration. The illustrations must be designed to the template specifications provided and submitted as digital files. Please clearly label each illustration by theme.

Each illustration submitted must adhere to the following specifications:

Competition entry file format:

  • File format: JPEG (.jpg). Note: Use the lowest compression setting to retain the highest possible resolution.
  • Colour modes: Grayscale (black and white) is the preferred mode for black-and-white reproduction. Colour illustrations should be supplied as CMYK. Image files supplied as RGB will be converted to CMYK files.
  • Resolution (DPI): No larger than 300dpi.

Winning entry file format:

  • File format: TIFF (.TIF) is the preferred graphic file format.
  • Colour modes: Grayscale (black and white) is the preferred mode for black-and-white reproduction. Colour illustrations should be supplied as CMYK. Image files supplied as RGB will be converted to CMYK files.
  • Resolution (DPI): The minimum resolution is 300 dpi. Note: Resolution is a function of size, please check images are a minimum of 300 dpi at the required size for print.

Any entries that do not respond or comply with the entry requirements, unfortunately, will not be considered.

Competition entry documents

The following documents are essential to your entry, please read, examine and complete them carefully:

Submission deadline

The competition is open from 15 April 2018 until midnight on 15 June 2018. Entries must be submitted to illustratingwhitby@english-heritage.org.uk.

All entries will be verified and the winner announced here on 2 July 2018.

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