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Design a Skateboard Deck Competition to support Noyce Gardens…

Design a Deck, Win Prizes & Support Noyce Gardens DIY

You may remember our wallpaper design competition last year, maybe you even entered! We were so impressed with how talented you lot are that we are launching a brand new competition in association with Noyce Gardens DIY, Mind Charity and Moose Skates.

This year we are challenging you to design a skateboard deck to win some great prizes and support a good cause.

The Competition


Two categories: Under 18 & Over 18

Theme: 2BHuman

Deadline: 1st June 2021


One winning design from each category will be chosen by our expert panel!

Over 18’s:

Judged by Artist/Designer Soy Panday and Artist/Designer Eloise Dör. Winner will have their design printed & sold and receive £150 to spend in Moose Skates.

Under 18’s:

Judged by our Special Guest Youth Champion. Winner will receive £50 to spend at Moose Skates.

All entries will feature in an exhibition during the BEAF Festival, where there will be another chance for you to win a prize!

Support Noyce Gardens DIY

Noyce Gardens

The BCP area hosts some great places for kids to hang out, meet their friends and escape potentially difficult home lives. However, there are some areas which are lacking these safe spaces.

Our new friends Noyce Gardens DIY are working super hard to revive an abandoned skatepark and create a safe hang out space. To benefit the community of Townsend and the surrounding areas. So, we are launching our ‘Design a Deck’ competition to show our support, offer you the chance to do the same and hopefully raise a little bit of cash.

We chatted to the amazing Noyce Garden’s team to find out more about the project and share the important work they are doing.

What inspired you to start the project?

There had always been rumours of a buried skatepark around the Townsend estate, it wasn’t until we took the time to look that we began to see an outline. We pretty much started digging straight away! Within the estate and surrounding areas there aren’t many places for the local kids to hang out, which is why the revival of this skatepark could be great for the local community.

What is the history behind the skatepark?

It was built in the 70s and then filled in with mud sometimes in the 90s. After that, dirt jumps were built by local BMXers. Ever since then it has been pretty much abandoned by the council and left to completely grow over.

What do you want to achieve with the project?

We want it to be a community run DIY skatepark built by locals and paid for by fundraising. We really hope it will change the area for the better, giving the local kids somewhere to skate and hang out.

How do you want to involve the community?

Unfortunately, on a few occasions the site has been vandalised and we’ve had to spend time doing more work than necessary. Once COVID restrictions allow, we would love to gather the community and hold a ‘dig day’ with free food and music. In the hope that we will clear more of the skatepark and raise more awareness of what we are doing.

Group Dig
Revealing the skatepark

How to Enter:

Now we’ve introduced you to Noyce Gardens DIY and our competition here’s what you need to do:

  • * Visit our Just Giving page HERE
  • * Donate whatever you can
  • * Download our skateboard template from the Just Giving page, or HERE
  • * Get creative!
  • * Submit your design to gotbeaf@gmail.com
  • * Follow Noyce Gardens DIY on Instagram


Deadline: 1st June 2021

Winner announced: 8th June 2021

Good Luck!

William Kentridge in front of his work Home Page Boxes

William Kentridge inspires BEAF 2021

William Kentridge inspires BEAF 2021


a crowd of people
William Kentridge’s Other Faces

We have shared our ideas, asked for your thoughts and now we want to introduce William Kentridge, and share why his work ‘Other Faces’ was the inspiration behind this years festival theme 2B Human. We are honoured and excited to be exhibiting ‘Other Faces’ during the 2021 festival.

sharing personal stories linked to the complexity of existence, to uncertainty and to broader reflections on the human condition

 2B Human

For BEAF 2021 Artists we set the theme of what it means to be human.  The theme was introduced through the words of visionary artist William Kentridge, which provided a starting point for ideas and motivations for proposals. We were also particularly interested in proposals which involve community engagement, or from practitioners who work in socially engaged practice.

Who is William Kentridge?

William Kentridge drawing
William Kentridge drawing

William Kentridge is one of the world’s greatest living artists. Born in Johannesburg to lawyers well-known for representing people marginalised by the apartheid. Kentridge has had an expansive career which has seen him design opera sets, stage multi-disciplinary performances and create hard-hitting and poignant drawings and animations.

Kentridge grew up amidst the racial turmoil in South Africa. It is this racial tension which informs his art. His work explores the legacy of apartheid, as well as the human condition, and the ever-repeating cycles of history and memory.

“Drawing is about fluidity and testing ideas”

Kentridge only ever draws in charcoal with touches of blue and red pastel.  His drawings are then progressively altered through erasure and overdrawing, and given a few seconds on a 35 mm film camera.

Other Faces

William Kentridge's drawing of a man with a camera
A still from William Kentridge’s Other Faces animation

‘Other Faces’ is Kentridge’s latest foray into cinematic animation. It sees the return of character Soho Eckstein. A character from previous films who is a Caucasian industrialist and land developer living in post-apartheid South Africa.

This film is the newest addition to the artist’s Drawings for Projection series which began in 1989 with Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris. The film attempts to narrate the socio-political traumas experienced by individuals in the wake of apartheid and civil war.

Eckstein’s story in Other Faces begins when is involved in a car accident with a black preacher in front of a black African church in downtown Johannesburg.  Kentridge oscillates the narrative between the event and Eckstein’s thoughts using his unique style of animation.  The music, provided by fellow South African Philip Miller, evokes another layer of pathos, as Eckstein’s story unfolds.


BEAF 2021

You will be able to see ‘Other Faces’ between 29th June – 6th July at this years festival.

If you are inspired by William Kentridge and our theme 2B Human, there is still time to send us your open submissions application HERE  and join us for BEAF 2021!