Monday, 20 February 2012

The Naked Muse 2012 - this week!

Naked Muse Calendar 2012 Preview from Adam Clarke on Vimeo.

The Naked Muse 2012

41 Photographers and Poets Unite in Unique Charity Project

What do poetry, beautiful male poets, creative women and Type One Diabetes have in common?      Answer: The Naked Muse 2012.

“...beautiful photography, astounding quality, lovely men...” (Filament Magazine)

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.

She has created a unique project in which 27 UK based women poets and photographers worked with 14 UK male poets who agreed to pose in a nude calendar and exhibition, exploring the male muse and female creator.

The poems feature alongside each of the 14 images in the final limited edition Naked Muse 2012 Calendar, which was recently rated in the Top 10 Calendars of 2012 by The Independent.

The Naked Muse “Unveiled” exhibition opens February in London, and features 30 limited edition nude studies of the 14 male poets featured in the Naked Muse 2012 charity calendar. All artists and designers involved have worked for free to help Victoria raise as much money as possible for JDRF.

John Siddique says, on being a Muse in the project, “It was a bit like diving in for a swim, life affords us opportunities to make things of it; this was one of those things. Either you live or don’t live, it is a choice in each moment. I found it a very rich and nourishing experience as Leonie Hampton is a real artist...For me to be looked at this way gave me so much back...To be seen, to be acknowledged is a basic human need...”

Commenting on the project, Victoria Bennett said “What we have created is a beautiful work of art that explores and celebrates the male muse. It has been made possible through the generosity and creativity of all involved, who have kindly supported our vision and our cause.  I hope the project will attract the attention of anybody interested in photography and poetry, as well as people who simply want to support the vital work of JRDF".

The Naked Muse “Unveiled” exhibition will feature at The Space, Hackney, London and is open to the public 24th and 25th February 2012, 11am -8pm.
The Big Project Space, SPACE, The Triangle, 129 -131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
If you want to go to the Private Viewing - with auction, raffle and CAKE - on Thursday 23rd Feb, there are limited free tickets available on application
The calendar is also available direct from at £12.99 including shipping. All profits from the exhibition & calendar will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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