With entries closed and blank iPad cases sent to all corners of the UK, we’re waiting patiently to see how some of Britain’s most exciting creative minds customise the blank canvas.

We’ve been blown away by the quality and diversity of the entrants, disciplines and styles and so, over the coming months, we’ll feature the artists. Our first profile includes Manuela De Laborde,  Ryan Macro, Naty Lopez-Holguin, Matthew Atkinson and Ines Neto dos Santos.

Don’t forget, between 26 September - 24 October 2012, you’ll have the opportunity to vote on your favourite entries. The five artists who generate the most votes will be selected to go onto the finals.


Manuela De Laborde  


Manuela was born in Mexico City and is of Mexican/French background. Highly active in the art scene, this year, Manuela has been involved in TED@London event on April 22nd at the British Library; CONVENOR 25 - Q Art London; AUFI COMMUNITY ; RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy March/April 2012; LINE MAGAZINE EVENTS Content coordinator and researcher. First event! Art & Translation; from one to another and APPS FOR SMART CITIES; 29/03/2012 Amsterdam, Talk with Thomas Carlile and Ajit Joakar on Art and Technology.

We love her piece, Celosa Nebulosa – 1, soft pastels and black paper. 2012.



Ryan Macro


Ryan is an Animation graduate, who's skilled at character and concept design and creates custom clothing. He’s also an identical twin. And a massive fan of anything Japanese. The culture, the food, the anime have been a big inspiration.



Naty Lopez-Holguin

An artist on the rise, Naty Lopez-Holguin combines her Spanish background with her life in the UK; exploring in the works her love for different cultures. Naty works with transfer paints and paper cut-outs inspired by a trip to Hong Kong. Compositions and forms change organically reflecting the cityscape at hand.



Matthew Atkinson

Matthew’s paintings have evolved from ethereal and nostalgic hinterlands to eerily constructed and ambiguous paintings, exploring the moral and finite reality that humans have formed. Matthew will represent the UK at the World Event Young Artists Festival and was one of Modern Painters ‘100 Artists to Watch’.


Celestial, Oil, Lacquer and Glitter on Cotton on Board, 180x120cm, 2012



Ines Neto dos Santos

Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, but presently London based, Ines is currently in second year, BA Graphic and Media Design - Illustration pathway at London College of Communication (University of the Arts London, UK). Inez has taken part in TRANSMISSION; Illustration year 2 (collective external exhibtion); 10 Bermondsey Street SE1, London, UK; March 2012 - part of the Curation Panel; and Handmade and Bound - Art fair; London, November 2011.



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