Deadline looming for red-ribbon artwork competition aiming to raise HIV awareness

Deadline looming for red-ribbon artwork competition aiming to raise HIV awareness
Posted on 28 Aug 2020

Aspiring artists and designers have until Monday (31 August) to enter HIV charity National AIDS Trust’s inaugural Be Red Ribbon Inspired artwork competition.

The competition offers a unique opportunity to create an inspiring piece of artwork incorporating the red ribbon - the international symbol of HIV awareness and support - while gaining valuable exposure and recognition. 

Submitted works will be judged by Sir Antony Gormley and Sandy Nairne CBE. Sir Antony is a renowned sculptor who created Angel Of The North. Sandy was a director of the National Portrait Gallery.

The winning artwork will feature on National AIDS Trust’s exclusive World AIDS Day 2020 tote bag. It will also be commissioned by Paintings In Hospitals - a charity which uses visual art to inspire better health and wellbeing for patients and carers. 

The winner will receive a prize of £500.

Commenting on the initiative, Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of National AIDS Trust, said: “The red ribbon is the international symbol of HIV and AIDS and we are excited to see how people interpret this into artwork for our exciting new competition.

“We’re absolutely thrilled Sandy Nairne and Sir Antony Gormley are joining us to judge the entries with their wide-ranging expertise. We hope this competition will help raise awareness of the significant advances made in HIV treatment and prevention in recent years. We celebrate living and thriving with HIV and art is an important way of people expressing themselves.”

Artwork can be submitted in any format that can be displayed in a still image. Submissions that uniquely incorporate the red ribbon and represent an aspect of National AIDS Trust’s work are encouraged.

Alongside the top prize from Paintings In Hospitals, runners-up prizes have been provided by Pop Up Paintings and Surface View.

Visit for competition details and instructions on how to enter. You can also contact


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