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:
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:
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 17-19 category, presented by Linkage College Principal Martin Shelton:
Age 20-25 category, presented by ArtBeat judge and Linkage client Charlotte Hampson:
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:
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.