Charity launches arts competition

Art competition: Linkage artist in residence, Philip Williams, will be one of the judges.
Art competition: Linkage artist in residence, Philip Williams, will be one of the judges.

A new annual art and photography challenge is being launched for pupils with additional support needs by Lincolnshire’s learning disability charity Linkage Community Trust.

The Linkage ArtBeat Competition will be open to all young people of secondary school age, attached to mainstream special educational units and those attending specialist schools.

It was officially launched during Linkage’s annual Work Skills Week for local school pupils.

Linkage chief executive Ges Roulstone said: “This is a great way of working with schools and highlighting the creative skills in art and photography of students. We’ve exciting prizes too so I hope it’s a must for hundreds of young people. I can’t wait to see the


The competition is inviting artwork and photography on any theme with the aim of stimulating and celebrating young people’s creativity, artistic skills and talents, and exhibiting their work to a wider audience. Entries can be in any medium of art or photography up to A3 size (303mm x 426mm).

Entries are open until January 31, 2015, with a top prize of £100 in each age category: under-14, under-16 and over-16.

Winners will receive £100, second-placed entries £75 and £50 for third prize. The winners’ schools will receive a selection of arts materials so that everyone can share in the success.

The prize-winners and their families will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in February after which the winning entries will form part of a touring exhibition and be featured in a Linkage charity calendar.

The competition coincides with the creation of an arts enterprise by Linkage to support current and former students and clients to develop their skills. For some, it will be a chance to showcase and sell their art and craft work as an employment opportunity.

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