Artists with learning disabilities showcase talents in international art competition

A Sheffield non-profit organisation has organised an international art competition to showcase the talents of people with learning disabilities and autism.

ArtWorks Together is an international competition to be held online on Thursday March 25 where high profile judges will allocate cash prizes up to £300 to three of the 34 artworks in the running.

Emma Harnett, the creative arts coordinator for Artworks South Yorkshire, said: “One of the really important things about this exhibition is about letting people see how great these artworks are and to celebrate them.

“In the arts world people with learning disabilities are underrepresented and we want to change that.”

ArtWorks sent callouts to artists around the world with learning disabilities and autism and received over a thousand entries.

Various artists have applied from countries such as Malaysia, USA, Russia, Japan, Hungary, Canada and many more.

ArtWorks said in a press statement: “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate fully in arts and culture.

“We hope to raise the aspirations of artists with Learning Disabilities and Autism and encourage ambition and talent to freely thrive through this opportunity to showcase their artwork through our exhibition.”

Selected submissions will be displayed in an online 3D exhibition this Thursday and is accessible worldwide.

The prize winning pieces will be exhibited in June at Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire, a Grade I Listed Stately Home.

ArtWorks South Yorkshire is a non-profit creative arts organisation that supports adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism through creative workshops and placements.

Attend the ArtWorks International Learning Disability and Autism art exhibition here.

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