Competitions - Music and Arts

Project LIFE 2012 Theme:

Funky Fungi

Fungi are beautiful and fascinating they are essential to our ecosystem in the carbon and nitrogen cycles, and are valuable in commerce as many industries require fungal activity eg. alcohol, bread and cheese making.

You will be familiar with  mushrooms and toadstools which are types of fungi, but the ones which cause disease are nearly invisible except with a microscope.

But some fungi can also cause human diseases. Fungal diseases are mostly hidden and diagnosis is often missed, around 300 million people worldwide are affected, in many different forms of illness, some of which are deadly.

Entering is simple

1. Use our online resources - images and videos - to help you visualise the intriguing fungi and how they may cause illnesses.

2. Design a piece of creative artwork or music on this theme. You may enter a piece of composed music (for instrument(s) or song), or a piece of creative artwork - this may be in media such as watercolour, oils, charcoal, textile, lithographs (no photography or video entries).

3. Submit your design online. Up to 3 images or a video of your work go here Ensure you've read the terms & conditions.

4. Finally you can find out more simply by watching our video! 

Entry Information

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We invite entries from students in Year 9 to Year 13 (Ages 13-18). Entries will be judged by media type - Creative Artwork and Music. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of art, music and healthcare professionals.

Shortlisted entries will be eligible for work experience in music or art and your piece will be performed or displayed.

The submission deadline is midnight 29/04/2012.  Deadline extended 24h due to high demand. Project LIFE Student Art Competitions 2012 will be restricted to the North West of England and North Wales. All entries must be submitted via the Project LIFE website. Students may enter more than once.

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A fungus (plural fungi) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds  (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. Visit the BBC's  Nature website for a viewpoint on fungi in nature.

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Plant material such as marijuana is an excellent food source for fungi such as Aspergillus. Once cut the material must be dried rapidly and consistently to a very low moisture level to avoid it becoming mouldy. Once dried it must be stored in completely dry conditions to prevent it becoming damp and once again quickly becoming mouldy.

Storing marijuana or any other plant material in small sealed containers or wrapped in plastic will only help if the material is completely dry in the first place, otherwise you are effectively locking the mould in with its own supply of food and water whereupon it will flourish. Mould does not need light or much heat to grow.    

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Aspergillus as Beautiful Art Pieces

Aspergillus becomes a top subject for artist and sculpture Fiona Hepburn. Fiona has used various screen printing techniques to design her amazing sculptures based on Aspergillus fumigatus. Quote froom her " The final images I produce are one-off pieces, made up of thousands of multiples. Each tiny 'spore' is printed using hand drawn stencils exposed on to a screen. The screenprinted spores are printed on to fragile Japanese paper. I reproduce the spores until I have thousands of them, often in variations of colours and tones. Each tiny 'spore' is hand cut with a scalpel and attached to a pin. I construct the work by pushing these pins in to a background image either made through screenprint or woodcut. It allows me to control the growth of the image, allowing for different parts of the image to be seen at different levels. Making the work is like watching the cells of growing mould multiply.

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