ARTSTHREAD is announcing GUCCI to continue as the exclusive sponsor for the 2022 Global Design Graduate Show.


Following the success of the inaugural Global Design Graduate Show in 2020, ARTSTHREAD has, for the third year running, teamed up with GUCCI who, as in 2021, will be the exclusive partner for the Global Design Graduate Show 2022. The 2020 show was the first-ever online showcase of the world’s leading emerging artists and designers and was created as a proactive response to the cancellation of end-of-year student exhibitions worldwide due to the current pandemic.

It has been ARTSTHREAD’s vision over the last 13 years to support the future generations of creative talent and by teaming up with Gucci for 2022, we will be able to offer students a chance to succeed in gaining employment or launching an individual business during the continued unprecedented times.

Sneature – Waste Based Footwear, Emilie Burfeind, Design for Social Good Winner, Global Design Graduate Show 2021 in collaboration with GUCCI

The Global Design Graduate Show 2021 saw great success, with even more art and design students from across the globe submitting their final end-of-year projects onto the ARTSTHREAD digital platform than in 2020. Global Design Graduate Show 2021 stats:


  • 5,211 entries in total to the online showcase
  • 114 nationalities
  • 417 high-education institutions took part worldwide
  • 500 entrants were shortlisted
  • 172,000 votes were cast in the public vote
  • 120 high-profile judges from major organizations, media, events, and brands. Please see the list here22,000,000 combined editorial and social reach


Global Design Graduate Show 2022 is now open to all art and design students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 – i.e. November 2020 to August 2022 (undergraduate and postgraduate) in any related creative discipline, located anywhere in the world.

Re-earth Sustainable Department Store, Varaniyaa Umamaheswaran, Public Vote Winner Global Design Graduate Show 2021 in collaboration with GUCCI


Students have until August 31 2022 to upload their end-of-year projects onto the ARTSTHREAD platform. A team of independent judges will narrow the work down to a shortlist of creatives whose work will be displayed on the ARTSTHREAD platform.

This year, Maja Lalić, the creative director of the Mikser Association got invited to be a jury member which will choose their winners and there will also be a public vote, which will allow the global audience to see the submissions whilst voting for their favorites.


In September, the jury members will choose projects from a shortlist on ARTSTHREAD according to their respective field of expertise – around 30 portfolios to look through.



As with 2021 & 2020, ARTSTHREAD will invite some of the most respected creatives from all 4 corners of the planet to choose their favorite designers & artists from the shortlist.

A full list of judges will be revealed in due course with the winners’ work showcased online in October.


Further information can be found at: / A full overview of 2021 & 2020 is available upon request.


About Gucci 

Founded in Florence, Italy, in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury brands, led by President and CEO Marco Bizzarri and Creative Director Alessandro Michele. Following the House’s centenary, Gucci forges ahead into the next hundred years, continuing to redefine luxury while celebrating the creativity, Italian craftsmanship, and innovation at the core of its values.


Gucci is part of the global luxury group Kering, which manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry, and watches.


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