The Remarque Prize: Call for entrants
The Artistic Horde, a social enterprise, was started by a 17 year old girl fed up of the unchallenged negative media portrayal of young people in Britain. It's first event is the Remarque Prize.
In July 2014, after reading so many degrading portrayals of young people, including Jeremy Paxman’s “self-obsessed” generation, and seeing no counter-arguments, I decided to to do something about it. Although only 17, I set up a social enterprise called The Artistic Horde, which aims to positively shift society’s perceptions by showcasing the artistic talents of the younger generation. The first event of which is The Remarque Prize.
The Remarque Prize is a national arts competition for 16-25 year olds on the theme of “Conflict”. Entries may be in one of two mediums, performance poetry or photography. Named after Erich Maria Remarque, who helped cut through the prejudice of a generation with “All Quiet on the Western Front”, the competition’s aim is to challenge ideas and perceptions, and so the theme may be interpreted in any way.
Everyone involved is donating their time and effort for free. To demonstrate the desire of the younger generation to have a direct and positive impact, all net proceeds raised from the competition will be donated to War Child. In this way, young people in the UK, through passion for, and skill with the arts, will be directly helping young people in conflict zones across the world.
The final of the competition is being held at The Frontline Club in London on October 28th. The judges include the esteemed author Sebastian Faulks for the performance poetry, and internationally respected photojournalist Paul Conroy of The Sunday Times for the photography. Others who are unable to attend but are kindly showing their support through their social media streams include Malorie Blackman Children’s Laureate, Ian Macmillan and Forward Arts Foundation.
The top ten poetry finalists will compete on the night and re-perform their poems to be ranked. The top ten photographers will also be awarded on the night, with their works showcased. In addition, there will be other prizes and commendations for others who have excelled, as well as feedback offered.We are not going to offer cash prizes, as that is not in keeping of the spirit of the competition. Our primary concern is ensuring the recognition of young people’s talent, which we will do our best to champion. However we are in discussions with our sponsors who will be donating prizes- stay tuned! Top ten photos and poems will be published by North Highland Publishing in an eBook that will be available on Amazon kindle, iBook etc to raise the profile of the winner and raise funds.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, anything you could do to encourage participation and and help champion the amazing talents found in young people today would be greatly appreciated; such as displaying the attached Poster.
See website for competition details: www.theartistichorde.info/remarque-prize-2014/
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