Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Ouseburn Futures are seeking submissions to design and paint one or more of the 7 new spherical bollards being installed on the corner of Lime Street as part of the Ouseburn DIY Streets project. How many opportunities in your lifetime do you get to make a sphere of cement look class? Probably not that many. Designs should reflect the vibrancy of the Ouseburn Valley without advertising any specific business or activity, just in case you’re tempted to treat it like a spherical billboard. Paint will be provided and the max budget for each bollard is £100, so please refrain from including use of precious jewels, gold leaf or other expensive materials in your design. Paint only! It’s not a Faberge egg.

The competition deadline is the 4th November, although submissions received after this date may be considered in the event of a scarcity of submissions. The competition winners will be announced on the 16th November.

Please email your designs to us at [email protected], post your designs to Ouseburn Futures c/o Ouseburn Trust, 53 Lime Street, NE1 2PQ, or drop them off in person at the above address.

If you have any questions, please get in touch on the email address mentioned above. For further information about the Ouseburn DIY Streets project, you can visit

To download the poster and dimensions click here.

Happy designing!

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