PICTURES: Local artists shortlisted with a "training shoe for your face"
A LOCAL artist could win £30,000 in a national competition – for a helmet made out of trainers.
Seamus Moran, from Crowan, near Camborne, has reached the final six out of more than 3,500 entries in the Threadneedle contest with what he calls the Urban Burka.
"It's kind of a training shoe for your face," said Mr Moran. "If there were such a product it would be called that. That would be its street name.
"Trainers are so important to certain young people, so I took something which covers their identity and put my own on to it instead."
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The work took a year to make using pieces from six pairs of trainers.
The artist, who has a background in product design and mould-making, said he painstakingly cut out the bits and pinned them to a mannequin before his wife Jo stitched them together.
"Trying to get bits of trainers to do what you want isn't easy," he said.
This is the fourth time the artist has entered the competition since it started in 2008.
Earlier entries included a ceramic motorbike crash helmet and a skull made out of resin and iron, taken from his recent solo show at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Random Precision.
As well as being a working artist, Mr Moran is a director at Design Clinic, near Helston, which specialises in modelling, mould-making and casting for other artists.
The winner of this year's Threadneedle Prize, to be announced on September 25, will receive £30,000. An exhibition of the six entries then runs until October 12 at Mall Galleries in London.
The prize is the leading competition for figurative and representational painting and sculpture, and one of the most valued in the UK art world. It aims to raise the profile of contemporary representational art, rather than conceptual and abstract works.
Previous Threadneedle winners and shortlisted artists include Nina Murdoch, now represented by Marlborough Fine Art, and Rose Wylie, whose work is currently on show at Tate Britain.