The UK’s only charity dedicated to training young disabled artists, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Trust Fund (MFPA), has opened entries for its national 2018 Unique Arts Awards – with £600 in Great Art Vouchers for the winner and £3,000 of vouchers for their school up for grabs.
Now in their third year, the awards recognise artistic excellence among disabled young people between the ages of 7 and 21 from across the UK. In October, the finalists will receive their awards at a glittering ceremony to be held in central London.
Tom Yendell, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the MFPA Trust Fund, and himself an internationally renowned mouth and foot painting artist, says the 2018 Unique Arts Awards will showcase and recognise the very best, talented young artists who overcome disability and adversity in pursuit of their art.
Tom said, “We are delighted to be hosting our third Unique Art Awards. In 2017, we had over 300 entries, which was truly inspiring. We look forward to building on this success in 2018 and hope to receive entries from young artists from every part of the UK.”
The Mouth and Foot Painting awards are divided into five categories of:
- 3D sculptor
- digital artist
The theme across all categories is ‘My World’. There are two age groups in each category – 7 to 15 years and 16 to 21 years. There will be three finalists in each of the five age group categories. Each finalist will receive a certificate and a £50 Great Art voucher, or category related equivalent.
Mouth and Foot Painting artists can enter supportive teachers – who could win £2,000 in vouchers
There are three overall awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and a special award for excellence recognises the teacher judged to have gone the ‘extra mile’ while teaching art, music or drama to young people with disabilities. The overall winner will receive £600 in Great Art vouchers and £3,000 for their school or college art department. The art teacher of the year will receive £2,000 in Great Art vouchers.
The 2017 Unique Arts Awards were held in a glittering ceremony at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington. Celebrity gardener, author and media personality, Alan Titchmarsh, attended and presented the top awards. Here he is pictured with Mouth and Foot Painting winner Ellie Jones.
The MFPA Trust Fund for the training of handicapped young people in the arts was established in 1989 by the British members of the international self-help co-operative, the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists. The aim of the Trust is to provide financial assistance for individuals and organisations to further the development of disabled children in all artistic disciplines. Over the last 28 years the Trust has actively sought funds from individuals and organisations to enable this to happen.
Entries close on 20th June 2018. Further information about terms and conditions and details of how to enter can be found at: uniqueartawards.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find the competition on Facebook too.