The Naked Muse 2012
43 Photographers and Poets Unite in Unique Charity Project
What do poetry, nude male poets, creative women and Type One Diabetes have in common?
Answer: The Naked Muse 2012.
Faced with a two year old son diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, mother, poet and Wild Women Press founder, Victoria Bennett decided to take creative action.
As a starting point, Victoria contacted selected women poets and photographers across the UK with an unusual request: would they collaborate in the creation of a nude calendar and exhibition exploring the male muse and female creator, in aid of Type One Diabetes research? She then contacted 14 UK male poets whose work she regarded as quality and whom she regarded as ‘possessing a sense of beauty” and asked them if they would be willing to pose nude for the photographers. What followed was a year long project, bringing together the 27 UK based women poets and photographers, along with the 16 UK male poets, in a unique project. As inspiration, the male “muses” and female photographers were given a poem to work from on the theme of ‘the male muse’, contributed by the 14 UK female poets.
The poems feature alongside the 14 nude portraits in the final Naked Muse 2012 Calendar. It also includes "A Naked Poetry", written by the poet David Morley for Django, about living with Type One Diabetes.
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NAKED MUSE SALE AND PRIZE DRAW!
10th - 30th June 2012
To honour Diabetes Awareness Week (10th - 16th June 2012), we are literally giving away naked muses…
Buy the Naked Muse 2012 Calendar for £14.99 AND GET ONE FREE - and POSTAGE is FREE!
And if we sell out, we will enter your names for the Prize Draw - you could be the lucky winner of either a signed, original print of GRAHAM ECCLES (Penny Farthing Post) by photographer Donna Lisa Healy, or cover muse MAX WALLIS by world renowned photographer, Annabel Williams.
For £14.99 INCLUDING POSTAGE you get two calendars containing 15 fantastic poems by Pascale Petit, Eva Salzman, Clare Pollard, Wendy Cope and more, 14 fantastic nude portraits of the loveliest UK male poets you could ask to meet, all shot by world famous women photographers that represent some of the best in the UK today - including Annabel Williams, Tamara Peel, Leonie Hampton, Charlotte Medlicott and Lydia Goldblatt.
Plus the beautiful poem penned especially for Django by David Morley, only published here in this calendar.
Please buy a calendar and help us raise awareness of Type One Diabetes and bag yourself a beautiful muse to boot!
SALE OF ORIGINAL FRAMED PRINTS
Didn't get to the shows? Now you have a chance to purchase a muse of your own from our fabulous Naked Muse exhibition. All prints are limited edition and bespoke framed, featuring the wonderful work of the amazing 13 photographers working on this project, and of course, those lovely Naked Muses! This is a fabulous opportunity to own a beautiful, limited edition work of art and piece of history.
Photographers include Saatchi featured Izzi Ramsay; Magenta Forward 2012 Winner Lydia Goldblatt; L'Oreal behind scenes photographer Charlotte Medlicott; worldwide acclaimed portrait photographer Annabel Williams; Award Winner Leonie Hampton…get the picture? These are incredible photographers...
To view catalogue, please email us for a catalogue.
(please note, the catalogue is for private viewing only and must not be reproduced in any way. To do so is a breach of copyright and trust and may result in legal action)
And remember - your purchase will help us in our important project to raise awareness about Type One Diabetes and funds for the vital work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
All profits will go to the charity to support research into a cure for Type One Diabetes.
Poet Owen Sheers bares all for Diabetes Research 43 UK Poets and Photographers unite for unique charity project
January, 2012: Best-selling novelist, poet, playwright and TV presenter Owen Sheers has joined with 42 other UK based poets and photographers in a unique exhibition to raise funds for much needed research into Type One Diabetes. The Naked Muse “Unveiled” exhibition is curated by Victoria Bennett, and features single issue and limited edition nude studies of the 14 male poets featured in the Naked Muse 2012 charity calendar. Featuring as a Guest Muse in the exhibition, Owen Sheers bares all in a single issue photograph, shot by project photographer Charlotte Medlicott. The print is the only one in existence and there are no negatives or digital copies held.
Everyone involved in this project is doing so for free.
Every penny we raise in sponsorship and support will enable us to give more to JDRF.
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