Could you draw a sci-fi version of your favourite movie star?

For our latest creative brief, we’re looking to the future as part of Barbican’s Life Rewired season.

Little White Lies

Throughout 2019, Barbican is conducting a wide-ranging discussion on the concept of technology and how it has altered human lives and human perceptions. It’s all part of their expansive Life Rewired season, which comprises art installations, exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and performances.

The Brief

In this spirit of this project, we’d like you to design a portrait of your favourite movie star, in which they have been enhanced by technology in some aspect. Perhaps it could be the future cyborg version of Oscar Isaac, or a Anne Hathaway preserved as a sentient computer programme? Simply pick your most cherished movie idol, and launch them into the future.

Your design must incorporate the following colour palette:

The Prize

The overall winner, as judged by our in-house design team, will receive Barbican Membership (valued at £59), a £100 gift voucher for Barbican’s on-site restaurant Osteria, plus two tickets to an Anime’s Human Machines screening of your choice, pending availability.

Five winning artworks to be displayed at Barbican from approximately 1 June to 30 September.

How to Enter

All entries should be A3 portrait (42cm x 29.7 cm) and must be created digitally. Submit your design with the subject line ‘Life Rewired creative brief’ to The deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 22 April.

You can also send us your entry via Twitter or Instagram by tagging @LWLies, but be sure to email us a hi-res version of your entry as well. Please remember to include your full name so we know who to credit. Good luck!

Life Rewired runs at Barbican throughout 2019 and covers art, performance, film and theatre. For more information head to

Terms & Conditions

1. Competition open to residents of UK aged 15 years or over, with the exception of those related to employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. Proof of age may be required.
2. Entries must be received on before midnight GMT on Monday 22 April. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
3. Of the entries received before the deadline, one overall winner will be selected.
4. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
5. The prize for the winner is Barbican Membership (valued at £59), a £100 gift voucher for the Barbican’s on-site restaurant Osteria, two tickets to an Anime’s Human Machines screening of your choice at the Barbican, pending availability
6. The winner will be notified via email on 23 April.
7. To obtain details of the winners please email stating the name of the prize, and the subject line ‘Life Rewired creative brief’ four weeks after the closing date
8. By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the transfer of their personal data to the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of this prize draw.
9. All work must be entirely original and the entrant’s own.
10. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions. The Promoter is The Church of London, 71a Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS.

Published 4 Apr 2019

Tags: Anime Barbican

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Little White Lies was established in 2005 as a bi-monthly print magazine committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Combining cutting-edge design, illustration and journalism, we’ve been described as being “at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement.” Our reviews feature a unique tripartite ranking system that captures the different aspects of the movie-going experience. We believe in Truth & Movies.