Arts Derbyshire


Visual Arts Exhibition – LEVEL

We had a great response to our Visual Arts open call, attracting disabled and non-disabled contemporary visual artists from across the UK. The standard of submissions was incredible and showcases work that truly ‘Celebrates the Art the Difference Makes’.

Selected pieces were shortlisted by a panel of industry professionals and their two favourite pieces were chosen to win first and second prize. The shortlisted artwork is now on display in our gallery space at Level Centre, and it looks stunning! You can pop into Level to see the exhibition or view our virtual gallery online.

Don’t forget, first and second place may have been decided, but you can still vote for your favourite artwork in the Public Choice Award! Voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday 30 August.

First place:

‘Bird in a Frame’ (oil pastels on paper) by Norman Tomlinson

Norman likes birds and the colours of birds. The inspiration behind this artwork came from looking at books and a photograph of a penguin on ice that Norman particularly liked and chose to draw.

Second place:

‘Isolation’ (collage using recycled materials) by James Owen Thomas

James wanted to tell the story of his grandmother’s feeling of isolation during the pandemic. His use of rainbows are to remind us that these were symbols of hope and our way of thanking the NHS.

View the virtual exhibition and vote for your favourite artwork

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