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Mervyn Peake Awards

About the awards

The Mervyn Peake Awards recognise the creative talents of people with Parkinson's in memory of the late Mervyn Peake, the much-admired artist and writer who had Parkinson's.

The awards are supported by the Peake family and were established in 2002.

This annual competition invites people with Parkinson's to enter their own creative work in the categories of Art, Photography, Poetry, Books and themed multimedia.

The winners

View the results

The 2016 exhibition was held at the beautiful [email protected] on the South Bank in central London.

The exhibition showcased a selection of entries, including the winners, highly commended and shortlisted.

Meet the judges

David Plummer
Meryvn Peake judge David Plummer with his camera

David Plummer is a passionate, experienced and respected wildlife expert and photographer. He advises internationally on eco-tourism and is a proactive conservationist within the UK.

Recently seen on BBC1's 'The One Show', David's images are also featured in leading wildlife publications.

David, 47 who lives in Henfield, West Sussex, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2009.

His new book of stunning wildlife images '7 Years of Camera Shake' will be published later this year, with 50% of the profits being donated to Parkinson's UK.


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Louise Kaye
Painting of Meryvn Peake judge Louise Kaye

In the late 70s Louise did her art foundation at Byam Shaw School of Art and then studied restoration at the City and Guilds School of Art.

She went on to work as a restorer for a number of years before her life took her in other directions.

She returned to her first love, painting, on a more full time basis 10 years ago, concentrating on portraiture and landscapes, taking delight in the texture made by brush strokes of oil paint on canvas.

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Enzo Cilenti
Mervyn Peake judge Enzo Cilenti

Actor Enzo Cilenti is currently appearing in the global hit series 'Game of Thrones', where he plays Yezzan the slave driver.

Previous film credits include 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'The Theory of Everything', while on TV he portrayed Childermass in the BBC's 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' and Captain Dance in ITV's 'Jekyll and Hyde'.

Enzo's father, Pietro, has Parkinson's and Enzo has been supporting Parkinson's UK for the last 3 years.

In 2016 he is our Champion of Cycling – promoting our cycling fundraising challenges and taking on a few himself, including the Ventoux3 – cycling up and down a French mountain three times in one day!

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Jane Asher
Mervyn Peake judge Jane Asher

Jane Asher became Parkinson's UK President in February 2007, having been Vice President for the previous three years. She was inspired to help after her brother-in-law, Gordon Scarfe, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2004.

Jane is a successful actress, author and businesswoman. She has been working professionally in film, theatre and radio since she was five years old.

Her latest theatre work includes 'Great Expectations' and 'The Gathered Leaves', where she starred with her daughter Katie Scarfe. Most recently on TV she featured in the BBC's 'Eve' and Sky's 'Stella'. Jane also hosted 'Best Bakes Ever' on BBC2.

For many years she ran a successful cake business in Chelsea, London, and has written more than a dozen books, including three best-selling novels. This year she was one of the judges for the Costa book prize.

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Paul Mayhew-Archer
Mervyn Peake judge Paul Mayhew-Archer

Comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2011 and has been working with Parkinson's UK ever since.

He is an active member of his local support group, is on the organising committee for our 2017 Royal Albert Hall fundraiser Symfunny, gives talks to businesses and schools, does media interviews, and promotes policy discussions with MPs.

Paul has written 'The Vicar of Dibley' and 'Mrs Brown's Boys' and has produced and script-edited everything from 'I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue' and 'Spitting Image' to 'Miranda'.

Interested in entering next year's awards?

We'll be announcing details about next year's awards towards the end of 2016.

You can check back on this page for more details, or register your interest by emailing [email protected] and we'll send you an entry form when it becomes available in 2017.

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