Competitions - Music and Arts

Entries to the competition must comply with the following rules:

  • Aged 13 to 18 years old on 1st September 2011. (Y9-Y13).
  • Must attend a school/college in the North West UK (defined by Granada TV region) or North Wales at the time of entering the competition.
  • The entry must be based on a fungal theme, linked to either the fungus itself or a disease that it causes. See resources for ideas.

 

 

  • An entry must be your own original work.
  • Music entries must be no longer than 6 minutes. Either a score (as .txt file, .pdf or MP3 file) or lyrics of a song (as a word doc or PDF) must be uploaded.
  • Art entries can be of materiasl such as (watercolour,oil,charcoal,textile,ceramic etc)
  • Art entries must be photographed and up to 3 images and/or a very short (30 secs) video clip in wmv or MP4 format (only one of each entry) can be uploaded. Images must be compressed and preferably under 5MB in size.

 

 

  • The deadline of midnight April 29th must be strictly adhered to.
  • Artwork or video must be suitable to be exhibited if shortlisted (Photographs directly of a fungus or similarly video is not deemed to be original artwork).
  • Entries can not be returned and may be used for promotional purposes by the sponsor.

Latest Press

Links are found between asthma and fungal allergy.

There are up to 150,000 people suffering from severe asthma in the UK. From the research we discovered that they could benefit from taking antifungal medication already available from pharmacists - the pills used to treat everyday fungal infections greatly improved the symptoms of asthma in those patients that had an allergic reaction to one or more fungi.

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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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Poetry from Bob

One of our judges Bob Devereux has been creative: 

Spores floating in our atmosphere
Spores that the naked eye can’t see
I like to think they work for me
Recycling life’s detritus
 
Sometimes friends can get up my nose
Good friends can be bad enemies
It’s hard to breath at times like these
If they don't keep their distance
 
Keep looking for the way to win
This fight with space invaders
Keep spores at bay and in their place
Recycling life’s detritus
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