Can You Create?

Creative Review has joined forces with Mute records and the Mercury Prize-nominated band, Maps, to offer readers the chance to have their work feature in gallery shows in both Manchester and London and on a special re-issue of Maps’ We Can Create Album.

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Creative Review has joined forces with Mute records and the Mercury Prize-nominated band, Maps, to offer readers the chance to have their work feature in gallery shows in both Manchester and London and on a special re-issue of Maps’ We Can Create Album.

All you have to do to enter is upload your work to the Maps website here. Everyone who enters will have their work shown on the site, which already has a small amount of work up, including the image above, FP by Olly.

A panel of judges including Adrian Shaughnessy, CR editor Patrick Burgoyne, James Chapman from Maps and representatives from Mute will then choose the best entries for an exhibition at the Art Vinyl Gallery in London, to be followed by another show in Manchester.

The ten very best entrants will have their work included in a special, limited-edition re-release of the We Can Create album, to be released in January 2008. Each of the 10 contributors will receive 5 copies of the album signed by James Chapman. Each contributor will be fully credited and full contact details will be printed.

Closing date for entries: 2 December.

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Another early entrant: Summer Lovin’ by Permanent Café

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