We’ve joined up with 1623 theatre company to invite you to take part in the third and final stage of Still Cursing, a trilogy of publications which brings together Shakespeare and contemporary photography.

While Shakespeare had nothing to do with the publication of his plays, he made sure that he left us with his epitaph, which ends with the threat of a curse. He refers to cursing almost 200 times in his complete works. So you could say that he was cursing throughout his career and he still does so 400 years after his death.

Here lies the inspiration for Still Cursing, a series of three photobooks produced by 2016, the year that marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the introduction to the world of his final curse.

Volumes I and II have been published after call-outs in 2014 and 2015, when we received an eclectic mix of photography based on Margaret’s curse in Richard III (Volume I) and Mark Antony’s vision of a curse in Julius Caesar (Volume II).

Click here to find out more about Volume II – Mark Antony.

We are inviting you to take part in the third and final stage of the project by sharing new or existing photography in response to the following curse:

Create her child of spleen, that it may live
And be a thwart disnatur’d torment to her.
Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth,
With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks,
Turn all her mother’s pains and benefits
To laughter and contempt, that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child.
–          King Lear, Act 1 Scene 4

We are open to broad interpretations of the above curse – whether taking inspiration from the whole passage, a single line or even a selection of words – and welcome submissions from photographers of all levels and styles.

We ask that photographers to consider the following:

  1. Are there any specific words or phrases in this curse that mean something to you?
  2. What images are conjured up in your mind by these words or the curse as a whole?
  3. How can you use photography to convey these images through a new photo or one that you already have?

All submissions will be considered for Volume III, which will be published in November 2016.

A selection of photographs from all three volumes will be exhibited online later in the year to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.


Send your photographs (up to five JPEGs, 1200 pixels wide) to by Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Please include the following so we can credit you: name, photo title, year created and personal website address, if applicable.


If you have any queries about the project, send an email to
Still Cursing is a not-for-profit participatory project.

Cover Image by Nathan Pearce, participant in Still Cursing: Vol. I – Margaret 

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