Nike- art of football- bring back the Gladiators

Nike launched a brand new annual programme to support and reward street-inspired artists in Europe. Devised by AKQA, 1/1 (one of one) invites artists to submit work to an online gallery that will be judged by Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio and challenges the continent’s top talent to create the ultimate limited edition to the brief, ‘ART OF FOOTBALL’.

The programme is open to anyone, from filmmakers and photographers to graf artists and illustrators - students or upcoming pros. Entrants will compete for a life-changing accolade: to exhibit in a unique ART OF FOOTBALL show alongside 11 of the world’s most respected creative talents. The show takes place in Basel, Switzerland, and coincides with the world’s leading contemporary art fair, Art Basel and the start of the European Football Championships 2008.

Finally, one winner will be chosen to have their work immortalised on a limited edition series of Nike Dunks, the legendary shoes, set to tour the sneaker-temples of Europe. The best work from the whole programme will also feature in a hardcover 1/1 design book distributed through premium design outlets.

For their chance to win, artists need only submit their best current work to the 1/1 website at, together with a write-up of their idea in response to the ART OF FOOTBALL brief. The judging process will be led by, Nick Knight’s fashion and art broadcasting company.

From the hundreds of artists expected to submit, only the best will be invited into the second round to create their ART OF FOOTBALL piece. Of these, 11 will make it to Basel to join the 1/1 Associates in Nike’s revolutionary ART OF FOOTBALL show, where the final winner will be announced. The 1/1 Associate artists include genre-defining names, such as: Solve Sundsbo, Joel Tettamanti, Claudio Sinatti and Dominic Wilcox.

Nike announces the launch of a brand new annual programme to support and reward street-inspired artists in Europe.

The 1/1 programme officially launched on 15 April, to coincide with the first night of the Milan Furniture fair.

Commenting on the campaign, AKQA Executive Creative Director, Daniel Bonner, said:"It’s not enough for brands simply to talk the talk; they have to walk the walk, offering new kinds of experiences that genuinely enrich, entertain and engage people. 1/1 bears all the hallmarks of a successful campaign for the digital age: it uses technology in new and inventive ways, it provides the audience with an opportunity to be part of something genuinely unique and therefore creating a huge incentive to participate, it inspires consumers to define the outcome and – most importantly – it relies on a simple insight: European non-mainstream art is currently under-represented and under-rewarded. We’re looking forward to seeing that situation change."

Commenting on this year’s brief, 1/1 curator Nick Knight said, "Both football and the arts cut across boundaries. Whether you're from any part of the world, class or part of society, you can appreciate a football match: that's what I like about it. It's the same with the arts: a great painting will cut across boundaries. And that global reach is what's really exciting about the '1/1: Art of Football' project.

We're looking for participants who are completely committed to football but also want to express it in a piece of artwork. It could be a performance, a sculpture, a still - whatever they want. Hopefully that desire to communicate will be the driving force behind the SHOWstudio/NIKE collaboration."

You don’t need to create new work to join the 1/1 Collective - just submit work that’s true to your vision and style. If you already have football-themed work, add it to the 1/1 Art of Football gallery alongside the 1/1 Associates. Otherwise share your idea for ART OF FOOTBALL in your 1/1 MANIFESTO. Tell them the medium (it can be any), the name (if it has one) and the essence of your idea. There’s only one rule: Be True.

Key dates
Programme launch: April 15th, 2008
Submissions close: May 18th, 2008
Basel exhibition: June 8th, 2008


Comments (2)

  1. fsc

If football is trying to move away from hooliganism, why do brands constantly court that element, portraying it as fashionable and \"edgy\". Check out the image at the top. They couldn\'t look more threatening if they were holding weapons.

  1. fsc

street inspired my a*s!!!<br /><br />this is a total waste of money and is a total fail. I dunno where they get the stereotype that all footballers and fans are all hip-hop and street looking football hooligans!<br /><br />please rather promote some proper football. <br /><br />ooo, look at what the \"executive director\" had to say. it\'s the same for car designers. they make the biggest load of junk and somehow got them approved for marketing and say the biggest bunch of nonsense and make whoever\'s paying it convinced. sometimes i wish their either not deaf or they awake.

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