Learning Disability Week 2021 takes place every summer in June and celebrates the amazing impact of people with a learning disability in our society and shines a light on the issues many people still face. This year Learning Disability Week took place from the 14th – 20th June with the theme being art and creativity.
There are 1.5 million people living with a learning disability in the UK and through the challenges of last year, many of these people found that getting creative helped them to stay connected and positive.
Our art competition was open to our wonderful customers and we had over 34 pieces of art and photography submitted. A live virtual exhibition was held on Friday 18th June showcasing the fantastic work and after tough judging, the winners were announced.
“It is truly fantastic to have received the number of entries we did over the week, with such an amazing variety of art mediums used. From mudroc to beads, cross-stitch to nature's very own woodlands and meadows. The occasion provided a fun and creative opportunity for our customers to come together to celebrate creative minds in nature. Congratulations to everyone who took part and to those chosen as winners”
- Miriam Lloyd, Community Projects Manager
The winners and runners up for the Art and Photography categories are as follows:
The Community Support Project team in Holbeach, Lincolnshire came first place with their beautiful ‘County Care’ sign. The group found natural materials such as flowers and leaves to create this fantastic piece.
Ellie W received the runner up place for her colourful, creative butterfly.
Sharon S was also awarded a runner up prize for her detailed and uplifting cross-stitch art.
The winner of the photography category went to Laura S for this stunning photo of a butterfly.
Laura said, “I have taken this picture of a butterfly because, in a world where we have all felt caged in, I believe the butterfly symbolises freedom”.
We love this and completely agree with you, Laura!
Laura D was awarded runner up of the photography category with this fantastic image of a local church amongst its natural setting.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that was involved. We were overwhelmed by the creative talent of our customers as well as the generosity of local businesses Knaphill Print in Woking and Max Spielmann printing services in Sunbury-on-Thames for donating prizes to our well-deserved winners” – Ed Davidson, Managing Director