08 November 2016

Art competition produces some masterpieces

Art comp 2016North Somerset's World Mental Health Day art competition was a great success, with nearly 30 creative entries from service users, carers and staff.

The competition was run for the first time in 2015 to raise awareness of mental health issues and produced some great artwork to improve the environment of our hospital bedrooms and communal areas. This year the aim was to produce art for the bedrooms on the later life wards of Cove and Dune Ward in Weston-Super-Mare.

The competition was supported by 1 in 4 People a local mental health charity based in Weston-Super-Mare and Clevedon which provides counselling, holistic therapies, advocacy, drop in sessions, support groups and activity groups.

One of the judges Bram Tout, manager of 1 in 4 People said: "The standard of entries was extremely high and there was an excellent variety of styles and approaches to the subject matter of producing art for bedrooms on a later life ward."

The other judges were Georgia Sherman art therapist at Milestones Trust and Stephen Budd AWP's involvement co-ordinator.

The competition was won by Marjorie who painted a beautiful beach scene titled 'The Breezy Day' which is shown above.

Stephen Budd said: "World Mental Health Day has the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts to support mental health.

"This North Somerset competition has helped raise awareness of mental health, promoted art across the county and encouraged service users, carers and staff to get painting and ultimately to produce some great art to help improve the environment in our hospital bedrooms."

Thank you to everyone who supported the competition.

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