Summer Showcase 2022

Voice Magazine is delighted to announce the 2022 Summer Showcase

Voice Magazine is delighted to announce the return of the Summer Showcase. This year's theme was Utopia/Dystopia: Reimagining the climate crisis', where we asked entrants to explore what they think the future has in store for the Earth, and humanity.

Will we pull together, learn how to decarbonise the atmosphere and clean the oceans, leading humankind to a new, clean utopia? Or will resource exploitation only increase, with those most responsible just hopping on a rocket to Mars, leaving behind a planet ravaged? 

This year we also introduced two categories for you to submit to, depending on where you are in your creative journey – Experimental and Established. 

Join us in celebrating today’s creative youth and get to know the artists behind the submissions as they answer some questions about their artform and inspirations.


Experimental work

Magellan Dissanayaka

Terra Primus

Photo of Magellan Dissanayaka

Winner

Literature
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Elle Farrell-Kingsley

If it flies, it dies

Picture of Elle Farrell-Kingsley

Runner-up

Literature
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Ayah Khan

Pink Petals

Picture of Ayah Khan

Literature
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Layomi Majekodunmi

Dystopian Model

Photo of Yibao Liang

Digital and physical 3D modelling
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Yibao Liang

A Fable of the Planet

Photo of Yibao Liang

Film
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Established work

Leer He

Dreams in the Bodhi

Winner

Embroidery & photography
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James Coombes

A bleak future

Runner-up

Embroidery & photography
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Judge's comment

"The showcase entries were impressive and all of a very high calibre. It was an absolute honour to be a judge for these amazing pieces which give me hope for our future generations and the urgency to which they understand the climate crisis should be treated with. The dystopian theme throughout highlighted much more widespread issues throughout our societies such as the growth of individualism in a capitalist society, the role of corporations and government and proves to me that we are definitely seeing a change in what people see as right and wrong. The artistic features were beautiful with many meanings but captured the essence of the climate crisis very clearly and showed great attention to detail. Very beautiful collection of work!"

Anita Okunde is a 18 year old award winning activist and public speaker focusing on issues specifically surrounding intersectional climate justice and feminism. Anita’s work has a focus of putting those disproportionately affected by the crisis we face at the forefront of the climate movement. 

This work has led to her being listed as one of the top 100 environmentalists according by Forbes.Her with sustainability has always been centred around putting BIPOC people at the forefront of the climate movement. This has included setting up press conferences, taking up space in white-dominated areas of climate activism and speaking out against environmental classism and the hypocrisy of big companies who seem to forget individual changes every day is only one small part of moving towards a sustainable future.