The Shed Competition

Get your design skills working in our new Competition!

We’ve partnered up with Batch.Works to launch a competition inviting young people to design an object for their senses. The winning design will be 3D printed and displayed in The Shed at Young V&A in August. The winner will also get a personalised pair of Kibu headphones!

The Shed is a design studio based in the Design Gallery at Young V&A. It is a space for designers to develop their work and an opportunity for visitors to gain rare insight into a busy design studio.

Make sure you head along to The Shed this summer where Batch.Works will be based from 1 July – 18 August.

This competition is for 7 – 14 year olds, and is in celebration of Kibu's kickstarter campaign to launch their 3D printed headphones for young people.

Competition Brief

Design a useful object to enhance, help or improve one of your senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste or smell. It just needs to be small enough that it can be carried with you.


The winning design will be 3D printed from recycled plastic. It will be displayed in The Shed at Young V&A from the 1 August until 18 August 2024. The winner will also receive a personalised pair of Kibu headphones.

The winner will be notified no later than 1 August 2024 via the email provided at the time of entry.

How To Enter

By email

  • Send one good quality photograph of the drawn or modelled design, explaining how it works. Send to Please include the applicants first name and age.
  • Online entries can be submitted between 18 March - 27 July 2024.

In person

  • Please bring your drawn design to one of the ‘Meet the Designer’ Show and Tell sessions in The Shed.
  • These sessions run between 4 Jul – 27 July 2024.

Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions (“T&Cs”) govern the ‘The Shed Competition’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Shed Competition is promoted by the Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert of Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL ("V&A").

Conditions of Entry

  • By entering The Shed Competition, you agree to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions and to comply fully with them.
  • The Shed Competition is open to 7-14 year olds excluding any family members of V&A employees or anyone involved in running The Shed Competition. By entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so.
  • To enter The Shed Competition you must send one good quality photograph of your drawn design to before the Closing Date 27 July 2024 or in person in Open Studio during Show and Tell times between 4 Jul – 27 July 2024. By submitting an entry you agree to be bound by these competition Terms and Conditions.
  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • The Shed Competition concludes on 27 July 2024 at 17.00 (“the Closing Date”).
  • Only complete entries received by the Closing Date will be accepted. The V&A accepts no responsibility for any entries that are lost, incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach it by the Closing Date for any reason. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt.
  • By entering The Shed Competition you confirm to the V&A that all information submitted by you is correct and that you have complied fully with these T&Cs. The V&A reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. Automated entries and entries via third parties or agents will be invalid. Entries that do not comply with these T&Cs (including those containing any false information) will be invalid.

The Shed Competition

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from all complete entries received before the Closing Date. The decision of the V&A regarding any aspect of ‘The Shed Competition’ is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.

The Prize

  • The winner of The Shed Competition will be eligible to receive a customised pair of Kibu headphones.
  • In so far as permitted by law the V&A will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death in connection with The Shed Competition and use of the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the V&A, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
  • The winner will be notified no later than 1 August 2024 via the email provided at the time of entry.
  • The winners must claim the prize within 10 working days of the V&A sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the V&A may (but shall not be obliged to) offer the unclaimed prize to a runner up selected in accordance with these T&Cs.
  • The prize is non-transferable and the winner cannot request any alternative prize (cash or otherwise).
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the V&A reserves the right to (a) substitute the prize with an alternative; and (b) cancel, modify, extend or suspend The Shed Competition.
  • All details and other restrictions applying to the prize not specified in these T&Cs shall be determined by the V&A in its sole discretion.
  • If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these T&Cs, the V&A may, at its sole discretion, exclude you from participating in the competition.
  • V&A reserves the right to modify these T&Cs at any time.
  • These Terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with English Law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Publicity and Data Protection

  • The V&A must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place. To comply with this obligation the V&A will send the surname and county of the winner to anyone who emails within one month after the Closing Date of the competition.
  • If you object to any or all of your surname and county being published or made available, please contact the V&A at In such circumstances, the V&A must still provide the information and winning entry to the Advertising Standards Authority on request.
  • By entering the The Shed Competition, you consent to the use of your personal data by the V&A for the purposes of administration of The Shed Competition. You further agree to participate in any reasonable publicity required by the V&A which may include the publication of your name and photograph in any media. To find out more about how the V&A looks after your data, please see our privacy notice.