Foundation students have battled it out for AUB’s Matchbox Competition, using random words to generate artwork inside a matchbox

The competition, which asked Foundation students to create artwork inspired by a word found by chance, featured more than 200 entries from across the main art and design programme.

The designs featured themes as varied as Swedish flatpack furniture giant IKEA, The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road image and Donald Trump. Smoking, the NHS and Brexit were also subjects featuring in the exhibition.

Initially, a shortlist of 20 winners was selected by Illustration Pathway Leader Roland Dry and Foundation’s Head of School Bea Denton. The shortlist was then whittled down to five winners at an award Ceremony in the Foundation Building.

Winner: Box Consolos

Second Place: Leah Rackman

Third Place: Mary Young

Highly Commended: Hugo Donovan, Amelia Ayers