Deadline: 12/04/2021  |  Published: 09/03/2021  |  Venue: The Old Red Bus Station, 104 Vicar Lane.  |  City: Leeds  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Old Red Bus Station

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Project REBOOT is a Leeds wide creative project. We are asking for everyone to re-design a government Covid poster and change it to say something new. Posters will be printed and displayed on the Old Red Bus Station in Leeds to coincide with the easing of lockdown April - June 2021. Turning the venue into a huge message board and sending positive messages to the city through this transition.


Goodbye Lockdown - EY UP Leeds! 

Get involved in a city-wide creative project and help Leeds say goodbye to lockdown.

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Background info: SAVE OLD RED

The Old Red Bus Station is one of Leeds most loved grass roots venues, with a DIY ethic, vegan canteen, bar, exhibition space and underground club / event space. ORBS has been giving Leeds raw, cutting edge music for over five years and continues to support local and new talent. 

Like many venues in the UK, ORBS had to close its doors due to COVID19. This thriving venue, usually full of creative activity has not been fully operational for a year. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and within the months of April – June 2021, the government plans the easing of lockdown. 

To support this transition, we want people to participate in a Leeds wide art project. We need you to help us transform The Old Red Bus Station building into a 3D message board. By designing a poster with positive message to the city that will be displayed on the building and in the local area in April.

Who can get involved? Everyone as long as you have a connection to Leeds.



We want you to take a government Covid information poster and change it to say something new. 

Transform a government poster and give it a new message for Leeds to support the city to come out of lockdown.

You can work with any poster you want, but keep an element of the original poster: you could use the same colours, some of the original text, you can change words around and change imagery, but keeping a sense of the original.

We are looking for: 

Positive messages to Leeds. These can be entertaining and funny or deep and meaningful - it is up to you!

We cannot accept any posters with offensive language or imagery, these will be immediately rejected and not used. These posters will be seen from the street by a varied audience including families and children, so your design must be appropriate to that audience.

You can create your poster in a digital format or you can draw, cut, collage and hand make your design.

We can send you a brief pack out in the post if you cannot make your design digitally. Send us a message with the number of participants and we will send out a pack with a paid return envelope.

The final posters will be involved in a series of exhibitions: A selection will be displayed on the outside of the Old Red Bus station. They will also be printed as posters and displayed in the local area, all designs will also be shown on our website.  

How to submit your poster:

Your finished poster can be submitted either online through Curatorspace or you can send your paper design to us in the post.

Artwork format

Paper submissions:

Post your A4 posters to: Maz, The Old Red Bus Station, 104 Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS2 7NL

Digital submissions:

Please submit using the Curatorspace submission form.

Save your design as a PDF, minimum of 300dpi, size A2 with 2mm bleed, ideally save as a vector image, but not essential.

Please can you submit a portrait & landscape version of your design? There are a number of spaces and it gives more flexibility of where to exhibit (only applicable to digital submissions).

Deadline: post & digital submissions need to be received by us by 12pm on 12 April 2021.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Anyone with a connection to Leeds.
When is the deadline?
12pm on the 12th April 2021
How many works can I submit?
From 1 up to 5 posters.
When is the delivery date?
Exhibition launch 24th April 2021
How much does it cost?
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be a street viewing on the 24th April
What are the exhibition opening hours?
All day. It is visible from the street.
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Press publicity, throughout our social networks and on our website.
Do I need to be present?
How do you decide on proposals?
All submissions will be accepted unless they contain inappropriate language/ content, or they are not a suitable quality for printing.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will inform you where and when your poster will be exhibited.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Positive, happy, funny, entertaining and/ or meaningful. Visually bold with a sense of the original government poster intact.
What are the selection criteria?
We want to include all designs if we can. All submissions will be included in the online exhibition if we are unable to print them all.

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