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Beauty for a Better World

Beauty for a Better World

15th Jul 2021

Beauty for a Better World is a new digital art / community project that is inspired by seeing art and beauty as a much-needed creative cure and antidote to all the mental health related issues that are a consequence of the global pandemic.

Do you want a chance to get your work featured in an ever growing online digital platform alongside renowned artists and designers like Peter Philips, Pierre Debusschere, Olivier Theyskens, Sir Paul Smith, Mark Titchner, Van Hechter, Domen/Vandevelde and Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven?

What is your personal and creative vision of beauty? Show us what you can do with your creativity in our innovative competition, which is all about breaking boundaries and breaking rules!


To enter our competition, send us a selection of images/ artwork of what real beauty is to you. It can be any artwork you have produced during the last 12 months for either university/school or personal work and can take the form of the following:

Photograph / Drawing / Painting / Video / Song / Design / Digital artwork / Gif


  • All shortlisted creative project submission will be judged by an international panel of art and design professionals.
  • The shortlisted creatives will be invited to be part to an online BFBW talk/workshop/ digital workshop about beauty, creativity and mental health with members of the BFBW Jury over the summer 2021.
  • The BFBW digital symposium that will last one day during which you will collaborate with the BFBW team and reflect creatively for one day on the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDG and how art can be linked to the cure of mental health issues in relation to the current pandemic you have all experienced first-hand. The creative workshop outcome will be featured with editorial content in the SDG ZINE in collaboration with ADDICTLAB.

All shortlisted creatives will also receive a hard copy of ‘Designers against AIDS- The First Decade’- half of which is filled with amazing photography donated to non-profit Beauty without Irony, organizer of BFBW, DAA and a host of other projects that aim to make the world a better place using pop culture.


Already have an ARTS THREAD portfolio? To enter, simply log into your account, upload your design as a new project and choose Beauty for a Better World from the Competition options dropdown.

New to ARTS THREAD? To enter, register to create an ARTS THREAD account and go to your email and click on the activation link sent to your email Inbox. Then log into your account, upload your project, then and choose Beauty for a Better World from the Competition options dropdown.

ENTRY: Free to apply



BFAW is launched by social activist Ninette Murk, who is the founder of the global successful campaigns of Designers Against Aids, that for 15 years collaborated with brands such as H&M, Eastpak, Marc Jacobs, Essentiel Antwerp and more to raise awareness about how to use pop culture and creative collaborations with fashion designers, brands and pop/rock stars to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Inspired by the need to turn the negative of the pandemic isolation into an opportunity for expressing your creativity, Ninette has - with an international team of likeminded professionals in Antwerp, London, Berlin, New York City, Mexico City, Geneva and Los Angeles - launched the BFBW collaborative art platform.

The Beauty for a Better World Team includes Ninette Murk (creative director), Jens Laugesen (editor and creative advisor), Alex Hidalgo (social media manager), Kenneth Ramaekers (curator), Sean Black (photographer and educator), Giel Domen (photographer), Jan Van Mol (Addictlab/SDG Zine), Katie Dominy & Alex Brownless (ARTSTHREAD), Pablo Aguilera (strategic partnerships), Luc Van Malderen and Tom Van Wint (webdesign and programming), Carl Navarro (Recess Assembly), Kym Nelson (writer) and Steve Salter (journalist).