A Birmingham-born artist is among 13 people short-listed for the Beck's Futures contemporary arts prize.
Richard Hughes, aged 32, who is fascinated with re-reading recent cultural history, will see his work go on display alongside that of the other artists at venues in London, Glasgow and Bristol in the spring before the public votes for the winner.
The shortlist also includes Jo Robertson and Lucy Stein, both aged 26, who use drawing, painting and performance to "investigate rock and roll mythology" and pay homage to shared heroines like Courtney Love.
Other artists include Olivia Plender, aged 28, who creates adult-orientated comic books and Bedwyr Williams, aged 31, whose art/comedy performances are described as "virtually indistinguishable from stand-up routines".
Pablo Bronstein, aged 28, draws fantasy architecture and constructs physical structures in galleries, and Italian-born Seb
Patane is inspired by a passion for contemporary music.
Stefan Bruggemann, aged 30, works with language and created an imaginary parking lot on a museum roof in Mexico City, where he was born.
Meanwhile London-born Simon Popper, who is aged 29, is working on reprinting a first edition of Irish writer James Joyce's Ulysses - with the words in the text reordered alphabetically.
German-born Daniel Sinsel, aged 29, experiments with materials such as horsehair, precious stones and horns on painted canvas, which often feature homoerotic scenes in traditional landscapes.