Competition Guidelines

Who can enter?

You can enter if you:

  • Are aged 18 or over
  • Live within the Black Country
  • Have an interest in mental health
  • Are happy for your work to be exhibited, should your work be shortlisted
  • Give permission for you and your work to be photographed for publicity purposes

What can you enter?

This year’s theme is #Thisisme We want to know who you are and what inspires you! Whether that’s a portrait of yourself, somebody who inspires you or something that tells people who you are.

You can enter a piece of artwork or a poem.

Artwork can be completed using any 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. Please note, sculptures must be no larger than 30cm in height or width. We will also accept poetry.

The artwork must comply with the following rules:

  • It is between A5 and A1 in size (only one side for poetry)
  • It is ready to hang without further work (framed and hanging fixtures on the back)
  • It is new, original work which has not been previously submitted
  • It is the work of the person who is entering the competition
  • It is labelled with the name and contact details of the artist and entry category (please include a telephone number)
  • It includes a short piece (up to 250 words) about yourself, explaining how mental health has touched your life and how art helps you. If you are shortlisted, please note that this will be exhibited with your work.

Judging

After the closing date, a panel of judges will shortlist. The shortlisted artists will be notified.

Everyone who enters will be invited to attend a special presentation where the winners and runners-up will be announced. All entrants will receive a certificate and a medal; whether you were shortlisted or not. Shortlisted entrants will be invited up to collect their award. The two winners will receive a trophy and £100 in vouchers of their choice*, along with the opportunity for their work to be displayed long-term across mental health services in the Black Country.

For any further information, please contact dwmh.communication@nhs.net or call 01384 325022.

*Available gift cards: Love2Shop, Intu Merry Hill Shopping Centre