ELEANOR WORTHINGTON PRIZE
Eleanor Worthington (York, UK, 1982 – Urbino, Italy, 2008) suffered lifelong from a severe form of epilepsy and learning and behavioural difficulties, and spent her last five years immobile and confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak, and only expressing herself with her eyes and face. Beyond her disabilities, she was a person of high intelligence and sensibility, and with a great force of personality. She succeeded in having a life full of affection, social relations, and experiences, both in the UK and in Italy, where she attended all the years of the Istituto Statale d’Arte (now Liceo Artistico) in Urbino.
RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF THE FIRST SIX YEARS OF THE PRIZE
From October 28th to November 10th 2015 the retrospective exhibition of the first six years of the Prize has been held at the Sale del Castellare in Urbino. The exhibition has been curated by Nunzia Invernizzi, artistic director of the Prize, and by Andrea Passanisi and Loretta Vandi, who teach at the Liceo Artistico /Scuola del Libro in Urbino. Visual designers Pier Paolo Ceccarini and Flavio Urbinati.
Several people spoke at the opening of the exhibition, held in the Serra d'Inverno of the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino: Lucia Ciampi, in charge of education policy for the Urbino local authority; Bianca Marrè, headteacher of the Liceo Artistico/Scuola del Libro in Urbino; Barbara Tognazzi, Università Carlo Bo in Urbino; Lino di Ventura, of the Società Gruppo Analitico Italiano, Roma; Miriam Gualandri, of the Centro Francesca in Urbino; Loretta Vandi, who teaches at the Liceo Artistico /Scuola del Libro in Urbino.
Comments by the visitors have been most appreciative, both in the properly exhibiting section, which included the book “Eleanor”, and various pieces of work produced over the years by students of the Liceo Artistico/Scuola del Libro in Urbino; and in the multimedial section, with video mapping of the works submitted over the years by all the Licei Artistici of the Marche Region which over the years have taken part in the Prize competition, i.e. the Licei Artistici Apolloni in Fano, Mengaroni in Pesaro, Licini in Porto San Giorgio, Preziotti in Fermo, Cantalamessa in Macerata, Mannucci in Fabriano and Mannucci in Jesi. In addition to the video mapping, two due QRs allowed to download the text of the book "Eleanor" in Italian and in English. There were more than 700 visitors, who left very appreciative comments aand suggestions for future cooperation and for ways of making the submitted works better known.
Films on the retrospective exhibition are available: