Published: 21 December 2011 at 13:20
Anglia Ruskin competition encourages a modern take on a Dutch master
Life can imitate art in Cambridge this Christmas as budding film-makers are being encouraged to find inspiration in the work of Johannes Vermeer, the master of Dutch domestic life, and capture their own festive scenes.
Anglia Ruskin University is running a competition for 14-18 year olds based on the Vermeer’s Women: Silence and Secrets exhibition, which is running at Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge until 15 January.
The aim is to see how themes and approaches which were devised by Vermeer and his 17th century contemporaries might be adapted to today’s tools – namely the video cameras on our mobile phones – and our different domestic preoccupations.
Young film-makers are encouraged to produce a two-minute film based on scenes observed in Cambridge homes over the Christmas period. Would the famous Lacemaker today be reading her Kindle? Would The Music Lesson now be taking place on a Wii rather than a harpsichord?
All shortlisted films will feature in a public exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery on Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus, and the producer of the winning film will receive £250, with further prizes of £100 (runner-up) and £50 (third place) up for grabs.
Trish Sheil, Film Education Officer at Cambridgeshire Film Consortium, said: