MATS Manifesto competition – Winners Announced!

We receive so many wonderful comments about ‘Make Art That Sells‘, that we challenged our amazing alumni to submit their own MATS Manifesto. We had 161 entries and were absolutely delighted (but not surprised!) by the staggering level of submissions for the Manifesto competition.

Lilla was very impressed with all the entries and announced an overall winner, PLUS 4 honorable mentions. The winner gets a free place on our wonderful new MATS course launching later this year. Our runners up all win a free entry into the 2015 Global Talent Search.


Shannon Newlin

We are delighted to announce that the winner was Shannon Newlin whose distinctive style is emblematic of courageously and artistically being oneself with a vengeance.


Congratulations on your stunning piece Shannon – you win a free place on you win a free place on the brand NEW MATS course (coming later in 2015), and we will also be giving you a free place on the 2015 Global Talent Search!

We would also like to give honourable mentions to four we particularly loved:


Kelly Angelovic


Kim Johnson


Tjarda Borsboom


Jane Newland

Thank you so much to everyone who entered.

We will be featuring many more manifesto’s on the blog and Facebook page over the coming weeks and months!


Would you like to experience MATS and learn how to ‘Make Art That Sells’?

Join us for the next round of Make Art That Sells. Class begins on Monday 2 March, 2015 and registration is open here.




  • Congrats to Shannon! What a beautiful piece!!! And I am so honored to be part of the honorable mentions! Yippie!!!

    Kim :)

    February 9, 2015
  • Congrats Shannon…..what a great manifesto!

    by Lou-Ann
    February 9, 2015
  • Congratulations Shannon! A wonderful manifesto!! And thank you Lilla for my honorable mention and prize! A lovely surprise!!

    February 9, 2015
  • Congrats to everyone! I was astonished at the level of talent and diversity of styles. What a wonderful competition that Beth dreamed up! Kim Johnson, tell us how you made that piece.

    February 9, 2015
  • Congratulations to Shannon on her stylish answer to the brief. Thanks to everyone else who submitted as all of the entries were so lovely.

    February 9, 2015
  • Thank you so much!!! What an amazing honor to win the manifesto competition and be alongside so many talented artists!! A true gift today. I’m also really looking forward to the new MATS class later this year! Can’t wait!

    February 9, 2015
  • Congratulations on such amazing and inspirational work!

    February 10, 2015
  • Congratulations to all of you – I am truly inspired by your wonderful work!

    February 10, 2015
  • What an honor to garner an honorable mention–amid such talent! I’m so grateful for my ever-inspiring artist tribe. Thank you Lilla!!

    February 11, 2015
  • Shannon’s entry really stood out to me too. I would have picked it myself. Congratulations Shannon and to all the other amazing entrants. I didn’t have time to do it but it was fun watching them appear in our FB group feed. Well done!

    February 13, 2015

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