Dawn Jones Art Prize winners announced

IMG_0051In 2015, 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 tenth 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.

Previously, the competition was run by Walsall Service User Empowerment (SUE) but last year was taken over by the Trust, opening the competition to residents in both Dudley and Walsall.

This year, people were invited to enter artwork into one of two categories: ‘What makes me happy’ and ‘What I am hopeful for’. 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 Alan Daffern, were presented with trophies by David Matthews, 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. Ten other shortlisted entries were exhibited at The Crossing at St Paul’s in Walsall 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.