The Hospital Club are whittling down 300 of the most innovative, interesting and influential British creatives into a final list of 100 winners. They were kind enough to let us throw some of our favourite names into the hat. And here are just a few of them…
Art & Design: Gordon Young, Comedy Carpet
Gordon’s Comedy Carpet is reason enough for a nomination given the scale of its ambition and the materials that were chosen. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to today. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2 work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits. (You can explore the whole carpet here.)
Digital & Gaming: Shini Park, blogger, Park & Cube
Shini Park is author and founder of one of the UK’s biggest blogs, Park & Cube. Born in Seoul, raised in Warsaw and now London based, Park & Cube launched in November 2008. Consisting mainly of her photography and personal thoughts on topics ranging from fashion to food, the blog grew rapidly and now has a impressive 5,000 unique visitors every day. Her non-obsessive, DIY approach to fashion renounces the materialism of the industry and tries to keep clothes simple, returning the act of dressing and shopping to a more innocent place.
Fashion: Geoffrey J Finch, creative director, Antipodium
As one half of London-based label Antipodium (the other half is Ashe Peacock), formed in 2003, Geoffrey J Finch has helped evolve the brand from its roots as a fashion boutique and PR agency to become a coveted fashion label, known for its intuitive, modern aesthetic and cheeky Australian wit. Alexa Chung, Carey Mulligan, Lauren Laverne, Grimes, Susie Bubble, Pixie Geldof, Dree Hemingway, Edie Campbell and Beth Ditto call themselves fans of the label, which can be found high-end retailers such as Liberty, Barneys New York, Urban Outfitters, Isetan in Japan and Incu in Australia.
Music: Hudson Mohwake, artist/producer
Ross Birchard AKA Hudson Mohawke is the one of the most exciting record producers to come out of Scotland in the last ten years. Now, as the unlikely poster boy for a new generation of genre-mangling UK artists, he’s touring across the globe and producing for chart-topping urban-pop names like Kanye West, Chris Brown and Azealia Banks. Birchard has been a name present in hotlists since his first LP ‘Butter’ back in 2009, but it appears 2012 is his brightest year yet. New credits seem to emerge daily from the highest ranks of the majors. He’s tasted the US Billboard charts with one of the year’s best received EPs as TNGHT (alongside Montreal’s Lunice) and maintains that holy ground between cult DJ and arena-smashing producer. He packs out shows from Shoreditch to SXSW, and attracts the affections of Kanye West and Bjork.
Theatre: Tim Minchin, Performer
Tim Minchin is best known for his musical comedy, which has featured on six CDs, three DVDs and a number of live comedy shows which he has performed internationally. He has appeared on television in Australia, Britain and the United States and is the co-writer of the Olivier Award winning hit musical ‘Matilda: The Musical‘, based on the Roald Dahl book. Minchin played Judas in the Summer 2012 UK tour of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
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