EVERTON FC and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have joined forces to stage an art competition.
Art students from JMU are being asked to come up with new works which reflect the Club's illustrious past and dreams for the future.
Keith Wyness, Everton's Chief Executive, came up with the idea to organise The Art of Football Competition; the winning entries will be displayed at Goodison Park.
The Art of Football Competition is open to all current students of LJMU's School of Art and Design as well as those who graduated from the Art School in 2004.
First prize will be two season tickets with a second prize of match day hospitality for four.
In order to win, entrants have to produce contemporary artworks that reflect Everton's position as the People's Club.
While reflecting Everton's long-standing roots in the community, the artworks should not be historical in nature.
Instead they should present the club as forward-thinking, positive and planning for the future. Mr Wyness said: "As a city, Liverpool represents a multi-cultural panorama, one which draws students from all corners of the world.
"The city's student community is a vibrant melting-pot of talent, ideas and enthusiasm and we feel certain that this innovative competition will not only prove popular but will yield some exciting and original exhibits."
He added: "Everton, the People's Club, is not only one of world football's oldest clubs but it is forward-thinking, pioneering and hugely ambitious.
"It will be interesting to see how the students reflect this in their work."
Entrants can choose any media - painting,, multi-media, textiles, sculpture, illustration, graphic design.
Entries will be judged by a panel, chaired by JMU's Mike O'Shaughnessy, who is a graphic designer and illustrator, and consisting of JMU art experts, Keith Wyness and other club representatives.
Mr O'Shaughnessy said: "We hope that this competition captures the imagination of all our art students, not just the Evertonians. "Regardless of who you support, this is a fantastic competition for art students as it will help raise their profile at the start of their artistic careers."
Shortlisted entries will be displayed in a public exhibition at JMU's 68 Hope Street in July.
The winners will be announced at the start of the 2005-2006 Premiership season in August.
The competition officially starts today.
All entries must be submitted to the Liverpool School of Art and Design by June 24 2005.
For more information on the competition, visit www.ljmu.ac.uk/events/everton.html