The national art competition – Create! Art For Autism 2012 – kicked off yesterday at a Parliamentary reception, hosted by Alun Cairns MP.
Seven Hills partnered with Beechwood College to launch this year’s competition and invited high profile guests, including Jane Asher, Gaby Roslin, and Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society, who are all judges for Create! 2012.
Alun Cairns MP welcomed over 80 guests to the event and was followed by speeches from Darren Jackson, Principal of Ludlow Orbis Education, Chris Kelly, Clinical Director of Ludlow Orbis and Jane Asher, who spoke of her pride at being involved in the competition.
Jane Asher, who has been involved in raising awareness about autism for over thirty years, said: “We shouldn’t just appreciate the beauty of the art, but also the communication that it allows…I am extremely thankful at being asked to be a judge, and am extremely grateful to have been invited here today.”
The judging panel for this year’s competition also includes Michael Shaw, editor of TESPro, Lucinda Bredin, editor of Bonhams Magazine, Hugh Morgan, chief executive of Autism Cymru and Brendan Burns, twice winner of the National Eisteddfod Gold Medal in Fine Art and Lecturer at The University of Glamorgan.
Members of Parliament, policy makers, education specialists and key media also attended the event, alongside some of the winners of last year’s competition.
The competition is now open for entries via: http://www.beechwoodcollege.co.uk/create-art-for-autism
The closing date is 18th May.