UTTERLY DELIGHTED to have been shortlisted with project HOAX for this brilliant, illuminating prize! If we win it'll be a huge help towards funding Stage 3 of the project and fulfilling the purpose of Ziggy's Wish. More on that tomorrow.... In the meantime, fingers crossed please!
"Seven artists have been shortlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2014, a single £10,000 prize for a creative work that explores the interface between art and medicine.
The shortlisted artists are Agnes Davis (poet and screenwriter), Helen Ivory (poet), Pascale Petit (poet), Eduardo Miranda (composer and researcher), Ravi Thornton (cross-media artist), Tiffany Atkinson (poet) and Victoria Hulme (songwriter/performer).
Sam Guglani, Director and Curator of Medicine Unboxed says: "This prize, and the extraordinary entries we've seen, announce loudly that creativity and the imagination are central to medicine and at the heart of the therapeutic encounter."
Peter Thomas, Medicine Unboxed Creative Director notes: "The Medicine Unboxed Creative prize is unusual because we are aiming for the broadest possible definition of 'creative work' — we realise that there are many ways to engage with the theme of the interface between arts and medicine. It's also unusual because we didn't want just finished works. We know that artists might have work that speaks to our theme, may be exploring the theme in their ongoing work, or could be inspired to create entirely new work. Our aim is to unlock, explore and present the extraordinary creativity in the arts and medicine".
Tom De Freston, Medicine Unboxed Artist in residence and prize judge says: "The inaugural Medicine Unboxed creative prize has been an overwhelming success in its mission to encourage thoughtful and creative responses to the dialogue between medicine and the arts. The standard and range of proposals has been staggering, and the difficulty in choosing the seven shortlisted proposals is a testament to this. The fact that five of the seven shortlisted proposals have poetry at their centre is surely clear evidence of just how wrong Jeremy Paxman was to claim that contemporary poetry does not engage with 'ordinary people'."
The winner of the prize will be announced at the Medicine Unboxed: Frontiers conference that will take place on November 22-23 at the Parabola Arts Centre in Cheltenham.
The prize judges are: emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford John Carey, musician and performer Melanie Pappenheim, poet Philip Gross, novelist Rhidian Brook, and artist Tom De Freston.
The Medicine Unboxed Prize 2014 is sponsored by D&D leasing UK Ltd, Noel and Goula Conway and Medicine Unboxed.
You can access the press release about the prize, which has details of all the shortlisted artists, here."