Judges

Bob Devereux

Poet, Artist and Gallery Director

Since 1965 Bob Devereux has his time to painting and writing, to teaching and to curating the Salthouse Gallery.

In 1980 he opened the Salthouse Gallery representing the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen and over the years has helped launch many successful careers.

His own work has been exhibited widely in the UK and Europe and features in many collections. Bob has conducted painting and creative writing workshops in hundreds of venues from Oxford colleges to local primary schools, from National Trust properties to Marks & Spencer stores.

He has collaborated with numerous musicians and composers, producing libretti for eight operas and eight cantatas performed at major venues in Britain and abroad and has featured regularly in radio programmes. In 2000, as part of a millennium project, his poetry was carved into handrails beside the Tamar. This year his poetry was carved into granite boulders in remembrance of the Cornish Diaspora for the Heartlands regeneration project at Pool.

He helped resurrect the St Ives September Festival in 1993 and is now responsible for the St. Ives Literature Festival every May.

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Latest Press

Beware of the risks of inhaling cannabis

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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Fungal News

The largest organism in the world is a mushroom that is over 1,000 years old, covering hundreds of acres of forest in Oregon, USA. Kew Gardens has an enormous collection of dried fungi - over 1.25 million samples stored in a huge archive. But many interesting studies are carried out by Mycologists at Kew. Watch a short video to see more.

Entry shortlist

Competition shortlist21st June

The judges have been studying all the entries and have now drawn up their shortlist. To view the shortlist click here. There were hundreds of entries of a very high standard and many were inspirational. We would like to congratulate all entrants on achieving such a high standard. Well done to all those who were shortlisted - and you will receive an email inviting you to bring your artwork for the final judging. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Manchester Science Festival at the end of October. 

 

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