ArtBeat Awards

Posted: 02/02/2018

On the 30th of January we held the ArtBeat Awards to celebrate the winners of the art competition we have been running since October.

The Linkage ArtBeat competition was designed to encourage and inspire young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to get creative, express themselves and have fun with art.  The competition was open to young people in three age categories:

  • Ages 11-16
  • Ages 17-19
  • Ages 20-25

First prize in each category was £100, second prize was £75 and the third prize was £50.

Entrants could use any medium they wanted, pencils, felt tips, oil paints, water colours, pastels, photography, anything. The only rule was the artwork had to be around the theme of the Linkage values of:

  • Independence
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Teamwork

We had nearly 100 entries and welcomed the winners to at our brand new Education Centre in Lincoln for a special awards evening. Guests and parents enjoyed light refreshments in the recently opened Linkage Boultham Park café before heading over to the Education Centre for the main part of the evening.

The winners this year came from St Lawrence School in Horncastle, Aegir Specialist School in Gainsborough, and St Bernard’s School in Louth. There were also winners from Linkage College’s Grimsby and Toynton campuses as well Linkage’s day provision ‘Adult Skills.’

The talented winners were:

Age 11-16 category, presented by ArtBeat judge Lorena Hall, who is a local artist who runs a company called Take Part in Art:

  • First place – Oliver Corcoran (St Lawrence School)
  • Second place – Rhys Atkinson (Aegir Specialist Academy)
  • Third place – Jessica Starbuck (Aegir Specialist Academy)

    First place winner in the 11-16 category, by Oliver Corcoran.


Age 17-19 category, presented by Linkage College Principal Martin Shelton:

  • First place – Kyle Preston (St Bernard’s School)
  • Second place – Tyler McLarnon (Linkage College, Weelsby)
  • Third place – Aimee-Lea Bourne (Linkage College, Toynton)

First place winner in the 17-19 category, ‘Independence is going to the shops’ by Kyle Preston.


Age 20-25 category, presented by ArtBeat judge and Linkage client Charlotte Hampson:

First place winner in the 20-25 category, ‘Teamwork in the Linkage logo colours’ by Kieran Appleby.


Some of the artwork was so good that unfortunately not every piece could make it into the top three in each category so we decided to award ‘highly commended’ certificates. These were for pieces of artwork that the judges thought were particularly impressive either because of the quality of the artwork or because they loved what the artist was trying to say.

Certificates for special recognition presented by Valerie Waby went to:

  • Dave Mason (Linkage College, Weelsby)
  • Aidan Howard (Aegir Specialist Academy)
  • Shakira Oliver (St Lawrence School)
  • Lauren Huddart (Aegir Specialist Academy)

A big congratulations to all the winners who showed how talented they were. We were delighted that schools across Lincolnshire took the time to get involved in ArtBeat. We hope all the entrants keep on painting, drawing, taking pictures, creating and giving flight to their imagination.

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