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Cartoon Competition

Cartoon Competition


Ignorant charlatans, suave society figures, money-grubbing hacks…

Medical professionals in the past were represented by satirical artists, publishers and printmakers in a variety of uncomplimentary ways. But we don’t get to see how doctors viewed themselves, or if public perceptions of them matched the stereotypes we see in the historical prints.

How would you represent the medical profession in cartoon form?

We invite you to create an artwork, in any way you like, to show your perception of the medical profession. You could be in with a chance to appear in our new exhibition 'A taste of one's own medicine' exhibition at the RCP's headquarters in Regent's Park.

Your artwork should:

  • be a cartoon
  • feature at least one person. This could be an individual, a role, a stereotype – let your imagination loose!

Prizes

The top 5 winning entries will:

  • be displayed in our exhibition at the RCP in Regent’s Park, London, from September 2022
  • be invited to our September Museum Late for the reveal of their artworks
  • win an RCP merchandise bundle. 

All winning and shortlisted entries will:

  • feature in our online exhibition from September 2022
  • win the opportunity to attend an exclusive curator tour of ‘A taste of one’s own medicine’.

The competition will be judged by a panel with expertise in medicine, satirical images and print history.

How to enter

Download your entry form here and check out our rules and guidelines below. Then submit your entry form and a high-resolution digital copy of your artwork to history@rcp.ac.uk with the subject line ‘cartoon competition’ by midnight on Sunday 10 July 2022.

Help us create a modern medical cartoon!

Who are the judges?

 We are excited to announce the competition will be judged by:

Amanda-Jane Doran


Amanda-Jane Doran

Amanda is currently Collections and House Manager at Ightham Mote, a beautifully preserved medieval mansion in Kent. She has had a varied career including working at Punch Magazine in Fleet Street and holding posts as a trustee and lead curator for the Cartoon Arts Trust and the Cartoon Museum. Recent freelance work has included researching and curating exhibitions at Royal Academy Collections. She has given seminars regularly at the Rare Book School at the V&A on German Romantic Illustration.

 

 

 

 

 

Ramesh Arasaradnam wearing a suit outside the RCP.
Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam 

Ramesh Arasaradnam is the academic vice president at the Royal College of Physicians and a consultant gastroenterologist at University Hospital Coventry. As well as his clinical work and research interests, he provides teaching, learning and educational leadership at the University of Warwick, University of Coventry and the University of Leicester. In 2020, he received the OBE for services to the NHS during the pandemic as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, having designed a clinical trial for a new COVID-19 treatment, known as the IONIC trial.

 

 

 

 


Professor Ludmilla JordanovaProfessor Ludmilla Johnson wears a black top and blue cardigan.

Ludmilla Jordanova is Emeritus Professor of History and Visual Culture at Durham University.  Her interests include the histories of science and medicine since 1600, visual culture and portraiture, specifically.  A recent book is Physicians and their Images, 2018, part of the series published to commemorate the Royal College of Physicians' 500th anniversary.  She lives in Scotland and is passionate about museums, galleries, heritage, food and classical music.

Small print: By entering this competition you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim the prizes; please see the rules and guidelines before entering. Rules and guidelines available below.

Rules and guidelines

Who can take part?

  • You must be aged 16 or over.
  • You must not be currently employed by the Royal College of Physicians.
  • There is no location restriction, you can be resident in the UK or overseas to enter. However please be aware some alternative prizes will be offered to overseas entrants who cannot come to the UK – see the prizes section below for more details.

What can be submitted?

  • You can only submit one artwork.
  • Your original artwork can be in any medium but must be a cartoon (illustration)
  • Your artwork must feature at least one person (this could be an individual, a role or a stereotype).
  • Your artwork must be submitted only in digital format as a high-resolution digital image and sent along with the entry form via email to history@rcp.ac.uk. Postal entries will not be accepted.
  • The digital file must be in JPEG or PNG format with no watermarks and a minimum of 1MB in size and maximum of 10MB.

Judging

  • The competition will be judged by a panel with expertise in medicine, satirical images and print history.
  • The judges will choose the shortlisted and the winning entries which, in their opinion, best illustrate the theme of the competition.

Key dates

  • You must submit your entry form and artwork to history@rcp.ac.uk with the subject line ‘cartoon competition by midnight on Sunday 10 July 2022.
  • In the week commencing 1 Aug shortlisted and winning entrants will be informed of their success. Unsuccessful entrants will also be informed.
  • 1 September the winning entries will be unveiled at our Museum Late, winning and shortlisted entries will go live on an online gallery on this webpage. Winners and shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend a private tour and the unveiling.

What prize can I expect?

The top 5 winning entries:

  • Your artwork will be displayed as part of the ‘A taste of one’s own medicine’ exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrew’s Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE. This will not be your original artwork but a high quality print of your digital entry.
  • Your entry will feature on an online gallery on this webpage. 
  • You will be given the opportunity to attend an exclusive private tour of the exhibition with the curator at 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London.*
    • The in-person version of this tour will take place on 1 September at 5pm.
    • The online version for those who cannot attend in person will be held on  5 September at 6.30pm.
    • We will only be holding one of each tour. Individual tours on alternative dates for each winner will not be possible to arrange.
  • You will be invited to our Museum Late on 1 September 2022 from 5.30pm for an unveiling of the artworks.*
  • You will given a bundle of Royal College of Physicians merchandise.
    • If attending the Museum Late on Thursday 1 September you will be presented with the bundle then.
    • If you are not resident in the UK or cannot attend this event instead you will be offered a gift voucher for the RCP Museum’s online shop of equivalent value to the merchandise bundle.

The shortlisted entries:

  • Your entry will feature on an online gallery on this webpage. 
  • You will be given the opportunity to attend an exclusive private tour of the exhibition with the curator.*
    • The in-person version of this tour will take place on 1 September at 5pm.
    • The online version for those who cannot attend in person will be held on 5 September 6.30pm.
    • We will only be holding one of each tour. Individual tours on alternative dates for each shortlisted entrant will not be possible to arrange.

* Please note that the RCP will not be able to cover any travel or accommodation costs occurred for attending the Museum Late, visiting the exhibition or attending the tour.

Accepting your prize

  • Winners and those shortlisted must respond to our notification to accept their prize. If we are unable to contact the winner  after reasonable attempts have been made, the Royal College of Physicians reserves the right either to offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.

Copyright and publicity

  • All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs/artworks entered.
  • Entrants will retain copyright to the artworks they submit.
  • By submitting an entry you grant permission for the RCP to reproduce your artwork, with credit to you as artist, for all museum purposes, including but not limited to:
    • Physical display
    • Display on our website
    • Social media
    • Press
    • Other marketing
  • No fees will be payable for any of the above uses.

Other

  • By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules. The competition organisers reserve the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if the organisers have reason to believe an entrant has breached the rules.
  • The Royal College of Physicians reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  • Please note that any personal data collected in this competition will be kept only for the duration of the competition to notify winners and to distribute prizes. All information will be kept in compliance with the Royal College of Physician’s privacy policy.

Privacy

The RCP will use the data collected on the application form only to administer the cartoon competition. This includes using the email address provided to send all competition information and instructions for collection of prizes and attendance at events. Full names of winners and shortlisted entrants will be shared publicly. All information will be kept in compliance with the Royal College of Physicians Museum’s privacy policy.


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