Barod is pleased to announce the return of the Mike Parry Art Award competition. Mike was one of their colleagues who sadly passed away in January 2019. He was a gifted artist, but he was also a wonderful art teacher. He worked tirelessly with their service users to find their inner Picasso, Van Gogh or Pollock and to enable them to use art as a way to making positive changes, increase their confidence and improve their health and wellbeing. In Mike’s memory, they launched the first art award competition last year in his name.

Considering the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s theme is based on ‘Life in Lockdown: Art in Isolation’. This theme will capture what people’s experience has been of the coronavirus lockdown. If you have been in substance misuse services, past or present anywhere in Wales, you will be able to enter this year’s competition. They will accept all types of art, from paintings and drawings to sculpture and photography or poetry.

This year they will have three different categories:

  • Young People (up to 18 years old);
  • Adults;
  • Group.

Each of which will have their own separate winners.

The winners will receive vouchers for art supplies. All entries will also be displayed at an exhibition in the Autumn, and if consented, be part of an auction. Any funds raised from the auction for each piece, will be donated to an art group of the artists choice.

The deadline for all submissions is 30 September 2020.

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