Mason Matak is an illustrator based in Iran. His works have appeared on the pages of children's books, beside Old Iranian folktales, as tattoos on people's skin, and also exist online as NFTs. As an artist, Matak is concerned with hedonism — making work that produces happiness in his audience.
Zealous Stories: Short Story winner, Yvette Naden, is an obsessive writer of poetry and prose. Written between lectures and assignments at university, as well as a busy social life, her winning short story Burial Rites tackles themes of grief, loss and infidelity.
Zealous Stories: Digital Art winner, Nigel Goldsmith, is a visual artist focusing on environmental issues and the Anthropocene. Goldsmiths' mesmerising videos explore the worst impacts of our linear economy, which often take place out of sight, over the horizon or below the surface.
Zealous Stories: Performance winner, M. Lohrum, is an artist based in London and currently working across video, drawing and performance. Her practice is defined as performative drawing, inspired by the uncertain and changeable nature of both our social context and artistic creation.
Zealous Stories, Sculpture winner, Svetlana Ochkovskay lives and works in Portsmouth, UK. Her practice explores ideas of identity, belonging and otherness: encouraging new perceptions of the world by taking the audience to a visual other.
"If I had been born at the top of my street, behind the corrugated-iron border, I would have been British." Zealous Stories: Photography winner, Toby binder, has been documenting the daily life of teenagers in British working-class communities for more than a decade. His winning series is a compelling exploration of young people in Northern Ireland, who often suffer the same problems, undeterred by which side of the border they reside.
Zealous Stories: Design winner, Yair Neuman, is a London-based designer and entrepreneur, exploring sustainable design opportunities. Neuman’s Lens Light collection is a positive action to repurpose waste lenses from the eyewear sector into striking, sculptural lights.
Zealous Stories: Animation winner, Ali Aschman, is a visual artist working primarily in stop motion animation. Aschman's tactile work is rooted in storytelling, but takes a non-linear and surreal approach, finding its own organic structure through an intuitive and often improvisational process.