Congratulations to Iris Corran, Yesim Desticioglu and Emma Scanlon, the joint winners of this year’s Mapleton-Bree Prize.

The Mapleton-Bree Prize is awarded annually for an original piece of work in any of the creative arts. Once again there was a record number of applicants and the committee judging the Mapleton-Bree Prize were delighted by this year's entries.

The committee commented:

‘[All the entries were] of an extremely high standard, ranging across a very wide range of media and inviting very different kinds of engagement from us. We would like to thank everyone who submitted their work.

It was of course a very difficult decision to identify winners. After considerable discussion, we decided to divide the prize itself between three submissions.

Mapleton Bree prizewinning entries

Iris Corran showed us her knitted jumpers, accompanied by a text which connected each to some form of familial relation. The jumpers were beautiful and their contextualisation gave them added significance and resonance.

Yesim Desticioglu submitted a video made with a group of women – family and neighbours – talking about their work and life in Turkey. This was a tender piece, and the judges were impressed with its subtle account of gender, generation, class and migration.

Emma Scanlon submitted a striking mixed-media painting, a combination of two portraits and printed text. This was a powerful image which strongly impacted all the committee members in its evocation of distress, survival and care.

Emma Scanlon Entry 1

We would also like to offer a ‘highly commended’ verdict to several other submissions:

  • Freya Ashworth for a lovely electro-pop song;
  • Oscar Fitzgerald for a flame-powered computer game, console and all;
  • Mika Konishi Gaffney for geocached sound poems;
  • Jan Huebel for an intriguing photograph;
  • Davit Rickards for a charming Lego model of an Armenian church;
  • Erick Superlano for a sophisticated short story.

Many congratulations to all. And, once again, thank you to everyone who submitted their work. It made the judges' task such a pleasure.’