Launching Miniatura’s Shakespeare Celebrations - 2014
William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest playwright. His dedication to his work and the craftsmanship of his style is admired around the globe. Based in the heart of England, Miniatura is so close to the source of Shakespeare’s legacy that we felt it was fitting to celebrate the 450th year since William Shakespeare’s birth.
Jill Bennett's dolls pictured here are helping us to set the scene for our new competition open to all miniaturists.
Could All the World be Your Twelfth Scale Stage ??
We are looking for miniaturists who would like to join us in celebrating this special year by interpreting any one of the titles of his plays in miniature.
How would you recreate ‘Twelfth Night’? Which scene would you choose from ‘The Merchant of Venice’? How would you dress a doll as a character from perhaps ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’?
Whatever you choose you can do it ‘As You Like It’ providing your ‘Measure for Measure’ is in 1/12th or 1/24th scale. If ‘Alls Well That Ends Well’ you could be the winner, and share in the total prize fund of £450.00
To enter, create a room box, scene, diorama or individual miniature piece based on the title of any of Shakespeare’s play titles. These can be interpreted in any way you wish and could be set in any historical period providing the entry relates to the title of a play by Shakespeare.
The entry can include figures or not. Marks will be awarded for witty and appropriate interpretation of the title used; good craftsmanship; careful finishing; attention to detail and overall presentation.
There will be a total prize fund of £450.00.
[1st = £200.00; 2nd = £150.00; 3rd = £100.00].
UPDATE - 25th October 2014 - The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have very kindly added a Five House Family Pass for the winning entry. It will entitle the winner unlimited visits to the five Shakespeare Houses & Gardens in and around Stratford upon Avon for 12 months from date of issue. A family ticket admits 2 adults and up to 4 children. For more information about the trust see their website - www.shakespeare.org.uk
We will need three clear photographs and a brief description of your entry before the end of January 2014. Everyone who is shortlisted will need to be able to bring their entry to the Spring Miniatura on 29th and 30th March 2014 for final judging.
For more details and an entry form get in touch with us at Miniatura:
Miniatura, Park Business Centre, Wood Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 9QR
0121 783 9922
At each Miniatura we give up space to groups of volunteers who display their projects, promote their organisations and, most importantly, provide some delightful workshops for the visitors to enjoy often raising money for charity.
This time you'll be treated to expert tuition from The Rugby Miniaturists, The British Polymer Clay Guild and WADDHAMs (based in Wolverhampton).
The workshops will vary in difficulty and time an you'll find them all together over by the restaurant.
We'd also like to thank Jennifers of Walsall who provide the kits for the WADDHAMs club.
DOLLS HOUSE AND MINIATURE SCENE LAUNCH WW1 IN MINIATURES COMPETITION
With 2014 marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, Dolls House and Miniature Scene have launched a World War One in miniatures competition to commemorate this catastrophic event. Sponsored by some of the biggest names in the industry and launched at the September 2013 Miniatura the competition will encourage miniaturists worldwide not only to put their creativity to the test but to remember the four years of suffering and heartache.