Last week I entered one of my prints into the Calendar for Maggie’s competition!
Irving Miskell-Reid, of Freedom Hair Experience of Dock St Dundee, has teamed up with the DCA Print Studios to create a calendar for the Maggie’s Cancer Centre at Ninewells Hospital. Having worked with Irving before as an entrant to the Face of Freedom Competition, run yearly by Irving and his team in aid of Maggies, I know that this is a cause close to his heart.
I still have the framed prints from my degree show, and I thought that it would be better to donate one to a worthy cause than have it sitting getting dusty in my cupboard.
Here is the official post from the Freedom website:
“A Print for Maggies
To mark the tenth anniversary of Maggie’s Centre in Dundee, a fund raising art competition is being organised by Irving Miskell-Reid in association with the DCA’s Print Studio. Entrants have been invited to submit original artwork for a commemorative 2013 calendar, with 12 being chosen to feature in one of the months of the year. The closing date for entries was 10 August 2012. Entrants must be members of the DCA Print Studio.
“The idea of a calendar came to me when I was visiting Maggie’s Centre — and saw amazing artwork on display in the wonderful Frank Gehry designed building — and the range of cards the Centre sells to raise funds. The idea is that twelve pieces of original artwork will be chosen by a panel of judges to be used in the calendar. The high profile panel comprises Philip Long, the Director of the V&A in Dundee, Andy Taylor, ex-course director in Textiles and Fashion at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Pat Fisher, curator of the Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, internationally-renowned artist Scott Myles and Norma Starszakowna, Professor of Research in Art, Architecture and Design at the University of Lincoln.
The original prints will be auctioned and individual reproduction prints of each piece of artwork will also be sold to raise funds for Maggie’s — as well as being used to adorn the walls of the centre! Dundee is such a creative place with amazing talent, it seemed fitting that the original artwork should be included in a calendar and a range of greetings cards.”
The competition, A Print for Maggie’s, is being run by Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre.
“The DCA have put their Print Studio and Screen Printing studio at our disposal, which is fantastic. I’m also so pleased that the judges have so willingly agreed to give up their time for such a great cause. And the local artists who have entered so far are so excited that their work will be viewed by such a high calibre panel of judges. They’re much more interested in getting their work in the calendar to raise funds for Maggie’s than in winning the £500 we have put up as prize money,” he said.
The 12 finalists will be announced on 11th September 2012 and their work displayed in either the DCA or Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. The 12 pieces will then be produced as a calendar with all proceeds going to Maggie’s Dundee. An exhibition of the successful art works will be held in early November, to which all sponsors will be invited.”
Of course all projects such as this require funding, and sponsors are urgently needed for the calendar. Again, here is the ‘official’ post from the website:
“Sponsors are urgently needed to sponsor each month of the calendar. Benefits to sponsors include a paragraph about your company in the introductory pages, 10 calendars for your own distribution, an opportunity for association with all publicity and a VIP invitation to the exhibition of the winning artworks. A contribution of £500 will secure association with one calendar month.
If you’re interested, or simply want to pre-order a copy of the calendar, contact
Anne or Sandra at Vine Marketing Communications Ltd
Tel: 01382 250058 Mob: 07745 178132 or 07758 460566″
I’m not sure what happens now, but I guess once all the entries are brought together and ready for publication there will be more news. Will keep you posted!