Judges

Sally Nash

Landscape Architect 

Sally is a Landscape Architect and an Associate Partner with Gillespies, one of the foremost landscape and urban design practices in the UK.  She has strong design skills and a wide range of experience in designing external environments from children’s hospitals to schools and public parks. She has worked on a wide range of projects throughout the world, developing vibrant and responsive environments which enrich people’s lives and bring them in touch with the natural environment. She excels in communicating those ideas in an easily understandable way, visualising concepts and communicating ideas effectively.

Sally has led workshops which engage all members of the community, in the design process and lead those people to take ownership of and interest in those spaces. 

Sally is a practising artist in illustration and ceramics, the latter often based on an interpretation of natural forms,  although not yet at the cellular level. She also leads a judging panel selecting amazing photographic images from research projects at the University of Manchester for the biannual Faculty of Life Sciences Carl Zeiss Gallery.

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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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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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Competition shortlist

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. 

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.

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