Dawn Jones Art Prize 2017

We are proud to be hosting the Dawn Jones Art Prize for our twelfth year. The competition invites people with experience of mental health conditions – whether that’s personal experience or as a carer, close friend/relative or employee of a mental health organisation – to create inspiring artwork.

The competition was set up by Maureen Jones in memory of her daughter, Dawn Jones, who tragically committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 25 following a long battle with depression.

The competition aims to offer people with experience of mental health conditions the opportunity to express themselves and create meaningful artwork for people to enjoy. It also aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, said “It’s very important that we keep this campaign going. It means a lot to those who enter and, since we started hosting the competition, we have seen such a high calibre of work with real meaningful and powerful messages behind them. It’s great to see how this competition inspires people with experience of ill mental health. It is very rewarding for everyone involved.”

People can enter one piece of artwork for either of the following categories:

a) What makes me happy
b) What I am hopeful for

Submit your entry by Monday 31 July for a chance to win a prize of £100 in vouchers of your choice and the opportunity to have your work displayed.

Artwork can be completed using 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 (sculptures must be no larger than 30cm in height or width). This year, we will also be accepting poetry. All work should be accompanied by a short paragraph about how mental health has touched your life and how art helps you.

For further enquires, contact the communications team at communication@dwmh.nhs.uk. You can also find full competition guidelines at www.dwmh.nhs.uk/artprize.