Colour In

 We’re on a mission to brighten up Basildon and we need your help to make it happen. 

The former Great Oaks retail park is set to become one of the most exciting developments in Basildon, setting a new benchmark for design and sustainable development in the town

We’re super excited to be working with GS8, the developers behind the scheme to launch ‘Colour In’, a competition that could see YOUR artwork installed along the North facade of the new development.


Whether you’re an artist, designer, or someone with a brilliant idea, this wall is crying out for a beautiful mural that will make it stand out from the crowd. Perhaps you have an existing design that you think will work perfectly in this location or maybe you want to create an original piece that celebrates Basildon, its history and the wonderful people that reside in the borough.

Measuring over 245 sq.m, the gargantuan canvas is located in a prime position, bordering Broadmayne, one of the main routes into the town centre. 


Your design installed on the north facade on the bulding 

£1000 cash prize 

Up to £1000 in artist materials 

PLUS the exclusive use of a 20m2, fully equipped studio space within the Great Oaks development for 6 months. 


Email your submissions to colourin@thingsmadepublic.com 

Please include: 

Your design |  Full name |  Age  | Full postal address |  Tel No |  Email Address 

Up to 300 words describing your design and the inspiration behind it. 

Attachments should be no larger than 3MB and in jpeg or PDF format. 

Alternatively, you can post your submission and accompanying information to Things Made Public, The Advice Store, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DL 

Deadline for Submissions: Monday 11th January 2021 

Top Tips

The North facade, where the winning mural will be located is split into two areas. Remember to reflect this in your design.

Take into account the size and shape of the space and create an artwork that will compliment this. 

Think about the location of the building and what imagery would work well considering it’s surroundings and architecture.

Please note: Designs or subject matter that could be deemed as offensive will not be considered.