Spectrum Art Award

The 2nd Spectrum Art Award is open for submissions from Tuesday, 5th March – 31st May 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).

Established in 2017, the Spectrum Art Award is a unique, critically acclaimed national competition, created to celebrate the creative excellence of artists on the autistic spectrum – providing a vital bridge between the art world and artists with autism. It is open to all UK adults on the autistic spectrum (aged 18 and above) and for work in any medium; from animation to sculpture – as well as the myriad of art forms in between. Submission is free and can be found via the charity website: www.thespectrumartaward.com.

The first Spectrum Art Award achieved more than we could have hoped for. Culminating with a critically acclaimed exhibition in 2018 at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery, London, it generated coverage including T.V, national press and specialist art journals, reaching a global audience in excess of 374 million.Spectrum is the South West’s leading charity for autism services. It provides residential care for both adults and children, education and domiciliary care services for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Autism is a lifelong condition that affects how a person relates to other people and the world around them; while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.

The Spectrum Art Prize has evolved from the charity’s long association with the arts and has been conceived as a platform for artists with autism to have their work exhibited at the same level as any other artist, without barriers or prejudices.