In October 2011 (27th October – 10th November to be precise) the very first Manchester and Salford Illustrated exhibition (#MASI) will be held at 52 Princess Street, Manchester. It will be a showcase of the very best commercial artists and illustrators in the area and has been created to raise funds and awareness for Manchester based charity, Wood Street Mission.

At the exhibition, and on-line, we will be selling strictly limited edition prints
– your chance to own a piece of unique art from Manchester & Salford while contributing to a very local, and worthy, cause.

Manchester and Salford Illustrated is organised by ‘Wood Street’s Creative Friends’
– a group of people from Manchester’s creative community who are dedicated to galvanising the creative talent in Manchester and Salford in support of Wood Street Mission. The ‘Friends’ include such design luminaries as Trevor Johnson and is open to all who want to contribute in any way they can.

This collection of images will be based on a simple brief –

From soap stars to soccer stars; magnificent municipal buildings to soaring skyscrapers; history to histrionics, the area has plenty to go at.

We invite professional illustrators based in the Greater Manchester & Salford area to submit a piece of work based on a thing, person, group of people, place, building or anything else that iconically represents Manchester and/or Salford.

The canvas size is A3 and the images must be easily digitally reproduced. Illustrators will submit their work and a brief rationale, together with a link to their on-line portfolio, by September 16 2011 September 30 2011 and, in doing so, give Manchester and Salford Illustrated permission to reproduce up to 50 signed A3 prints as well as postcards and other merchandise featuring the image. To raise money for the charity we will sell a limited number of these signed prints, postcards and other merchandise at the event and on-line.

Every penny raised from the sale of prints, postcards, etc will go directly to help children living in poverty in Manchester & Salford.

The final piece will need to be submitted on 7th October 2011 so we can produce and hang exhibition prints. We will also be hosting an on-line gallery with the images and reserve the right to use them in the future for publicity purposes. However the ultimate IP remains with the illustrator.

We know that the illustration talent in the area is immense and part of our objective with this project is to showcase some of it to the creative industries in Manchester and also to the general public. We intend to promote the exhibition extensively through PR and social media channels and will hold at least one launch event where illustrators will be invited to network with creative industry professionals from the area. We also plan to hold a series of workshops and perhaps some seminars during the run of the event.

How much you get involved is down to you and we hope that, at least, you will put forward an idea for a print. What we do know is that your talent can help raise funds for Wood Street Mission and we hope you can find the time to get involved.


Entry is free!

The Manchester and Salford Illustrated competition is open to all professional illustrators in the Greater Manchester and Salford area, individuals and collectives (e.g. studios/agencies/collaborations).

All entries must be submitted online and received by:

Friday September 30 2011

Entry process

  • Design a portrait A3 (297 x 420mm), 300dpi, CMYK poster that responds to the brief
  • Write a rationale (500 character limit) describing how your entry answers the brief
  • Send your rationale and an 842px wide by 1191px high, 72dpi, RGB version of your
  • poster in JPEG format to submit(at)

Judging process

As each entry is submitted, they will be approved by our submissions co-ordinator. We reserve the right to refuse an entry we deem to be inappropriate.

Download a PDF version of the full brief here

Alongside the professional part of the show we will be inviting students of illustration to submit on the same brief. The winners will be chosen by a judging panel including Trevor Johnson, Stanley Chow, Si Scott and others.

The winner of the Manchester And Salford Illustrated 2011 Student Competition will not only have the honour of being the first to win this prestigious accolade but will also be granted a two week placement at Manchester's Creative Lynx under the supervision of Creative Director, Trevor Johnson.

Media sponsors, 'The Drum' will also cover the award and publish a link to the winners on-line portfolio.

Running alongside the above prize, there is also a placement at Manchester's Creative Spark up for grabs for one of the winning student entrants.

For all students wanting to get involved, the deadline for submissions has been put back until October 15 2011.

Contact us to find out more.

If you are in any way involved in the advertising, creative and digital sectors, you can get involved. We are looking for sponsors for the event as well as volunteers to get involved in a number of ways.

Contact us now for more information.

We have already had commitment from some of the best illustrators in the area.

These include:

As well as the exhibition we plan to hold family workshops, designer talks and other events around the exhibition. Keep coming back or follow us on Twitter to find out more.

Creative Lynx
Fifth Floor, 52 Princess Street
Manchester, M1 6JX
United Kingdom
M1 6JX

Distance from
Manchester city centre: 0.3 miles

Nearest train: Picadilly Station

As well as the exhibition we plan to hold family workshops, designer talks and other events around the exhibition. Keep coming back or follow us on Twitter to find out more.

That's correct folks, our online shop is now up and running. You'll be able to find all the prints that were exhibited on the night of the event and also a few extras including badges and t-shirts.