Meet The Shortlist!

Meet The Shortlist!

We’re delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2021 MullenLowe NOVA Awards and open voting for the YourNOVA ‘People’s Choice’ Award!

From 1,300 graduating students, 49 were nominated and just 14 have been selected by our panel of expert judges as stand-out work that shows surprising lateral thinking, takes risks, provokes debate, experiments, and innovates using challenger thinking.

MullenLowe NOVA Awards Judge Jose Miguel Sokoloff says: “Encompassing everything from art that highlights the climate emergency to designing products that will quite literally change the future, these stand-out projects are a prime example of how these brilliant minds are pushing the boundaries of creativity in response to the world around us.

Now it’s over to the public to vote for their favourite piece of work from this incredibly talented shortlist, as we launch the YourNOVA ‘People’s Choice’ Award for the 6th consecutive year. I encourage each and every one of you to engage with the work and champion the project you think solves a problem in a way that has never been done before,” he continued.

Meet The Shortlist

From taking biological matter and repurposing it for art, to creating a product that will help end period poverty, these stand-out projects demonstrate truly creative thinking and execution. Check out the shortlisted work below:

Alice Turner, BA Product Design, ‘Carnerie’

Cheuk Laam Wong, BA Product Design, ‘Looop Can’

Claudia Gusella, BA Fashion Design, ‘everything is great *’

Francesca Dalosio, MA Industrial Design, ‘Ulïètu’

Gwen Siôn, BA Fine Art XD, ‘HS2 Ghostlands’

Jann Choy, BA Graphic Communication Design, ‘Liǎn’

Jessie Zhang, BA Graphic Communication Design, ‘Song Light’

Kaius Mowbray, BA Fine Art XD, ‘Speculative Mind Mulch’

Lydia Hardcastle, BA Performance: Design and Practice, ‘FEN (Growing Garments)’

Molly Macleod, MA Art and Science, ‘We Are All Carbon’

Nikoleta Crysikou, MA Material Futures, ‘BacTerra’

Paula Camina, MA Biodesign, ‘Co-Obradorio Galego’

Yijia Wu, BA Fine Art 4D, ‘Homes on the Move’

Yuhan Huang, MA Fine Art, ‘Planet Series’

Cast Your Vote

The judges have deliberated. The shortlist has been decided. Now it’s over to you!

We need your votes to decide who will be crowned the winner of the 2021 YourNOVA ‘People’s Choice’ Award! Show your support for these incredibly talented students and don’t forget to cast your vote before it’s too late!


Voting is open until Friday 6th August, and all winners will be announced in an online ceremony on Wednesday 18th August.

Follow the action as it unfolds on our global social media channels and join the conversation using #MLGNOVA.