Dawn Jones Art Prize winners announced 2016

In 2016, we were delighted to host the Dawn Jones Art Prize again, which invited people with experience of mental health to create artwork.

Now in its eleventh year, 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.

This year, people were invited to enter artwork into one of two categories: ‘What mental health means to me’ and ‘My journey with mental health’. We received many excellent entries, and our judges had to make some very difficult decisions in choosing the shortlist and winners.

This year’s winners, Susanna Frances and Anne Babbs, were presented with trophies by Gill Cooper, Non-Executive Director at the Trust, at a prize giving event on 28th September.

They both won £100 in vouchers of their choice and the long-term display of their artwork in our Trust buildings. Eight other shortlisted entries were exhibited at Cosy Cafe, Churchill Centre in Dudley throughout September.

One attendee at the event, said: “Art is a release for those suffering mental health problems, it has been vital in my path to recovering and the competition gives us, as artists, a chance to meet each other and discuss what we have been through and why art has been so helpful.”

Maureen Jones, who was on the judging panel for the prize, said: “I’m really glad we’ve been able to keep the prize running this year. It’s rewarding to see how the prize inspires people with experience of mental health to get involved in art, which can often be very therapeutic.”

The Dawn Jones Art Prize runs every year. For more information, email Communications at communication@dwmh.nhs.uk or follow this link.

Susanna Frances with Gill Cooper and Maureen Jones

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Anne Babbs with Gill Cooper and Maureen Jones

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