s.3 Medal Design

Design an art medal on the theme of ‘Fusion’ that represents the vibrancy of living in a diverse society.

This year artists and designers are invited to explore the enriching theme of “Fusion: food, music and culture”. This design brief seeks to celebrate the richness of collaboration, where mix & match are bywords for living life to the full! Fusion should be interpreted through your own unique lens to convey how themes such as food, music and culture have flourished, evolved and developed. You can explore contrast and find compatibility. Think spicy-sweet, tradition-modernity, energy-serenity as ideas of the diverse ingredients in this melting pot!  

Entrants are encouraged to look at diversity through their individual perspective and to think about how the form of the medal can be best used for their design narrative. The medal is a unique art form that lends itself to contrasting observations, exploring the subject by engaging with the medal’s two sides, and you should also consider using the sides (edges) of the medal too which can increase the effectiveness and impact of your design.

The definition of an art medal: a two-sided, low relief medal that fits into the palm of the hand. (It is not intended to be worn). For more information and inspiration on medal design, please visit the British Art Medals Society.   


Maximise the surface areas available on the medal using both sides, and the edges of the medal where appropriate, in a fluent and cohesive design.

Bringing your designs to life

Along with winning an Award in this section, the two top prize winners can have their design cast by G. W. Lunt free of charge. For this to be achieved the winning entrant/s must be able to produce a wax or plaster model of their medal design (also creating a mould) for casting by September 2022. 

This design brief has been written in liaison with Marcy Leavitt Bourne, who also liaised with G. W. Lunt for this excellent invitation and opportunity and experience.

Guidance & Entry Form Requirements

  • Entries must comply with the 2D design guidelines;
  • Good standards of visual communication and presentation will be highly regarded;
  • Evidence of an understanding of art medals (please visit The British Art Medals Society for examples);
  • Description of your design, the concept and material specifications must be provided on the design board;
  • Outline any surface treatments and finishing;
  • Entrants are requested to declare on the entry form if they have had their design rendered by a CAD technician or a digital artist.

There will be placeholders on the entry form for you to explain your design concept and the tools or techniques / processes that you have used. We encourage entrants to use these placeholders wisely. The information you provide will be ensure that judges can make informed decision

  • Design Concept: Please explain the idea and concept behind your design in meeting the brief requirements (Max 150 words)
  • Techniques & Technology used: It is important that you explain the techniques you have used to make your piece i.e. gouache, CAD, Illustrator, watercolours, Procreate etc. This will be used in the judging process and you may be at a disadvantage if it is unclear how the entry was designed. (Max 150 words)

09 Jan

Online entry deadline (for ALL entries)

25-27 Jan

All 3D entries submission / post-in days @ Goldsmiths' Centre, London

28 Feb

Awards Ceremony @ The Goldsmiths' Hall, London

09-11 Mar

Collection & post-back of entries; The Goldsmiths' Centre, London


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