We know how important it is to trust the people judging your work when you enter a competition like ours. With that in mind we thought we would spend a little time introducing you to our judges and getting their thoughts on The Elbow Room Prize.
First up Elbow Room founder Rosie Sherwood:
When I founded Elbow Room in 2012 I didn’t imagine that in such a short space of time I would be judging on our annual prize for the second year running. But here we are and what a joy it is to be here. Last year’s prize was a scary, exhausting, exhilarating, incredible experience that I couldn’t wait to repeat. We learnt so much doing it and it is my hope and belief that we can make it even better this year. While we carefully file away your entries I wanted to share a little about who I am and what I do.
The first and most obvious thing is that I am a publisher. Along with Zelda Chappel I run artists’ book publishers As Yet Untitled. We publish limited edition, hand bound artists’ book (including Elbow Room). At the end of last year we successfully crowd funded to expand the company and start collaborating with poets, writers, artists, musicians, historians and more to make artists’ books. Our first collaborative title, Moonrise by Ella Chappell, came out earlier this year.
This all probably sounds like quite enough work and yet it isn’t all I do. I am a practising artist, working with books (shocking!), photography, sculpture and text. I have exhibited in solo and group shows across the UK, including the Southbank Centre and the Oxo Tower Gallery. As an artist I am fascinated by idea of time and storytelling. My current project, still in its early stages, is about emotional mapping, time and the artist as cartographer.
I have given lectures and seminars at Universities including UAL, UEA and Bournemouth as well as delivering conference papers on book art and comics, fantasy photography, and photo comics.
As a judge I am hoping to find something that makes me stop, makes me think, that surprises me in some way. I love genre fiction, poetry that plays with the space of the page and art that makes me pause with its balance of complexity and simplicity. I am champing at the bit to get stuck into reading, looking at, considering, talking and even arguing (nicely) about your work. So please, whatever you make, whatever you write, send us your work.