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04 March 2024

Competition opens to create audio descriptions of famous artwork

King’s Classics Department is hosting a competition to produce creative writing pieces of audio description (AD) that describe the Parthenon Sculptures at the British Museum.

Parthenon relief

The competition is open to King's students of all levels from all Faculties. Entries can consider the whole of the Parthenon Sculptures, individual monuments, or anything in between. Inspiration could include helping someone visualise the sculptures, providing a historical or interpretive overview, or sharing a subjective response to the artwork. Further guidance for submissions is available online.

The winner will receive £200, while second and third place will receive £100 and £50 respectively. Particular pieces may be invited to form part of a larger collection as a tour of the sculptures if there is sufficient interest.

Judges for this year’s contest are:

  • Tom Harrison (Keeper of the Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum)
  • Sarah Howe (Lecturer in Poetry, King’s College London)
  • Jonny Marshall (blind art lover and Research Officer, Royal National Institute of Blind People)
  • Jaime Prada (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, British Museum)
  • Will Wootton (Reader in Classical Art and Archaeology, King’s College London)

How to enter

To enter, please send your submission to Ellen Adams, Reader in Classical Archaeology and Liberal Arts, at from your King’s email address.

You can submit an audio MP3 file with a Word or PDF transcript, or just a Word or PDF document. Entries must be a maximum of 1,000 words for prose or 50 lines for poetry.

There is a maximum of two submissions per person, and you can work with others (as a pair or a small team), splitting any prize money between your group.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday 3 April 2024 at 5.00 pm. Winners will be announced in early summer 2024.

Best of luck with your entry!

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Ellen Adams - approved 4-10-23

Reader in Classical Archaeology and Liberal Arts