July 13, 2022

MAY 2022 MONTHLY AWARD SHORTLIST

DOES THE WORLD HAVE A MORALISTIC INFLUENCE OF OUTCOME THAT IS JUST AS STUBBORN AS WE ARE?

The Garden of Earthly Delights, a short film by Louis Martin

 

In the short film, Louis Martin asks us to consider whether the main protagonist is a scammer or simply just getting by? We are asked to ponder the question: ‘Does the world have an influence that is just as stubborn as we are?’ The answer presented is clear: the world decides and prevails.

Watch the film here

 

WHAT IS THE COST OF LIVING?

In Plain Sight, a collage by Caleb Cuthbert

 

Caleb Cuthbert wrestles with the cost of living crisis in his work ‘In Plain Sight’. His images are intended to show the never-ending doom of the weekly shop, costing more and more as time passes and the continuing pressure every day people feel attempting to make ends meet with no way out of impending poverty. The project is also a materialisation of the poverty hidden in plain sight, represented by the placing of shopping lists in public places that many people from a diverse range of people pass through every day.

See the images here

 

 

WHY WON’T YOU TALK ABOUT TRAVELLERS?

The Quiet Dog, written work by Adam Webster

 

According to Adam Webster, the nature of being a traveller means not connecting with the main population. He states that “the tradition of staying quiet about traveller business is, to me, the worst tradition – even more so than the bareknuckle boxing, hare coursing, and chauvinism toward women. By not talking about these traditions they stay out of public awareness. We need to talk about this.” In his short story ‘The Quiet Dog’, he shines a light on these issues that all too often stay in the background.

Read the story here

 

HOW DO YOU EXPECT ALL OF ME TO FIT INTO ONE SINGLE WORD?

Chiral Songs from a Chimera’s lips, an installation by Persephone Grace

 

This work is an installation that includes lithographs, a vessel filled with dead flowers and a typewritten poem. Persephone Grace describes it as being “grounded in Kristeva’s Abjection and how this is weaponised against the sexed & gendered bodies, especially the trans-gendered body.” The nature choice of media exists to reflect that nature of the trans body. “Too nuanced for a single definition, to fit comfortably into typical definitions and structures that have come to use to define us.”

See more here

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH PTSD?

Remnant, a paper collage by Julie Wilkinson

 

In 2014 Julie Wilkinson had surgery to partially remove a brain tumour. She experienced a psychotic and psychedelic episode in the ICU. This work is her attempt to process this difficult time. Using torn and cut paper she created a collage to that represents her brain and tumour. She reflects that “by illustrating my remnant, I found a way to accept my traumatic experience.”

See the work here

 

WHEN DO WE STOP LIVING AND START DYING?

All Your Badges, written work by Callum Osment

 

Callum Osment’s short story ‘All Your Badges’ shows the different stages of a relationship throughout a life. By mixing different narrative styles, he draws the reader in. He states his desire to “experiment with literary structure, and highlight queer relationships in a non intrusive manner via such normal, reflexive texts.”

Read the story here