Competition for Visual Representations of Multilingualism is now open

Researchers from and linked to the School of Education at the University of Leeds have worked with colleagues across the country to create a Competition for Visual Representations of Multilingualism.

Jessica Bradley (TLANG doctoral researcher and now based at Leeds Trinity University) has contributed to developing the initiative on behalf of the AILA Research Network in Creative Inquiry and Applied Linguistics, which is co-convened with Lecturer in Language Education Dr Lou Harvey and Emilee Moore (former visiting scholar in the School of Education, now at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). 

The competition is a collaboration between the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), CuratorSpace, publisher Multilingual Matters and the AILA Research Network. The judging panel includes Professor Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, also at the University of Leeds.

This competition aims to provide a creative opportunity to explore new ways of representing multilingualism through visual means and to stimulate debate and raise awareness about innovative ways of thinking about multilingualism. It is part of BAAL's initiative to increase multilingual representation in BAAL and beyond. It aligns with the AILA network’s aims to develop new ways of working across linguistics and the arts, building on a body work developing in this area.   

To Apply

More details are available by following the link to the competition.


Please submit works by Friday 29 March 2019, 11:59pm GMT

Winners will be chosen and all applicants will be notified of the outcome by early June 2019.


Prizes will be awarded to three winners at the BAAL conference at Manchester on 29-31 August, 2019.

First prize: £400

Second prize: £200

Third prize: £100

A number of works by selected applicants may also be included alongside the prize winners in an exhibition at the BAAL conference 2019. 

Judging panel

·       Professor Zhu Hua (BAAL Executive Committee Rep / Birkbeck College, University of London)

·       Professor Bernadette M A O'Rourke (BAAL Executive Committee Rep / Heriot-Watt University)

·       Professor Abigail Harrison Moore (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds)

·       Jessica Bradley (AILA ReN Creative Inquiry and Applied Linguistics Rep / Leeds Trinity University) 

·       Dr Louise Atkinson (Visual artist and researcher / CuratorSpace / Yorkshire Visual Arts Network)

Further queries

The competition submission will be managed via Curatorspace

For further information about submission, please get in touch using the Contact Curator form at the top of the page.

Links to organisers and partnerships

Links to resources

Tong-king Lee (2015). Translanguaging and Visuality: Translingual Practices in Literary Art. Applied Linguistics Review, 6(4), pp. 441-465: