The Spectrum Art Award is a unique, critically acclaimed national competition, created to celebrate the creative excellence of artists on the autistic spectrum. It is open to all UK adults on the autistic spectrum (aged 18 and above) and for work in any medium. Submission is free and can be found via the charity website: www.thespectrumartaward.com
The Spectrum Art Award is open for submissions from Monday, 5th March - Monday 1st July 2019. Rather than an overall ‘winner’, the award will recognise the achievements of 5 selected finalists equally – each winning a cash award of £5,000, together with a bespoke package of support and mentoring and an opportunity to show their work publicly in a dedicated exhibition in the spring of 2020 (TBA).
Lead by Chief Curator Sacha Craddock, selection will be by an expert panel including the celebrated artists Paul Noble and Chantal Joffe, as well as specialists in the field of autism, Spectrum CEO, Mary Simpson and Professor Simon Baron Cohen. The panel is completed by the 2017, Spectrum finalist, Dawnne McGeachy. Judging will commence during the summer of 2019 - including an opportunity to meet with all the shortlisted artists – and will conclude in the Winter of 2019. An announcement of the 5 selected finalists will be made in January 2020.