The competition, which is in its thirteenth year, encourages people to create inspiring artwork in line with this year’s theme: #Thisisme and will give winners the opportunity to have their artwork displayed across the Black Country.
The theme #Thisisme has been chosen to find out who people are and what inspires them, whether it’s a self-portrait, an inspirational poem or a piece of art that represents the individual.
The competition was set up by Maureen Jones in memory of her daughter, Dawn Jones, who tragically committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 25 following a long battle with depression.
Dawn Jones’s mother, Maureen, said, “It has been very rewarding to hear so many people say things like they had given up art when they were ill, but that the Dawn Jones Art prize had inspired them to start getting involved in artwork again.”
The competition aims to offer people with experience of mental health conditions the opportunity to express themselves and create meaningful artwork for people to enjoy. It also aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Mark Axcell, Chief Executive at DWMH said, “It's so important that we keep this special campaign going as it means a lot to those who enter. Since we started the competition, we have seen such a high calibre of work with real meaningful and powerful messages. It’s great to see how this rewarding competition inspires people with experience or an interest in mental health.”
Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive at BCPFT said, “We are privileged to be involved with the 2018 Dawn Jones Art Prize competition this year. By supporting this competition we hope that we will help raise awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma that is often associated with it.
“Art can be therapeutic for many people and we encourage anyone with an interest in art – whether a beginner or someone who is more experienced – to get involved and enter.”
Entries must be submitted by Friday 29th June 2018 and two winners will be selected to receive a trophy and £100 in vouchers of their choice, along with the opportunity for their work to be displayed long-term in mental health services across the Black Country.
Artwork can be completed using any medium, or combination of media, as long as it can be hung onto a wall. It can be oil or water paint, charcoal, textile, collage, photography or digital art (sculptures must be no larger than 30cm in height or width). This year, we will also be accepting poetry. All work should be accompanied by a short paragraph about how mental health has touched your life and how art helps you.