Voting is now open for an art competition hosted here in Doncaster on the theme of mental health

The last year has brought inspiration to artists across the world – a locally run competition has attracted more than 450 artists.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 7:00 am

The Doncaster Art Fair is running the Art as a Response to Mental Health competition.

Chinwe Russell, Exhibition director and Curator, said: “It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2021 edition of this most wonderful Doncaster initiated exhibition which explores how people around the world turn to art as a way to respond to various degrees of mental health challenges.

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Voting is open now! Chinwe Russell is asking for people to vote.

“In its second year, sponsored by the Doncaster metropolitan borough council and the team of Dr. Rupert Suckling our director of public health, and supported by artists from around the world, this exhibition means a lot to the participants who are drawn from both emerging and established artists with one common goal, a courageous goal to speak about their mental challenges, which in most cases exposes their vulnerabilities.

“I therefore encourage you not only to vote, but most importantly to read the stories behind each piece in this exhibition. The exhibition gives a different voice to those who are struggling mentally, by providing a way to communicate through their art.

"I salute sincerely, and profoundly these brave individuals who have answered this call to speak openly about their mental health and I hope you will find the time to have a look and to vote!”

From over 2500 submissions, these 467 artists have been selected to participate in this project.

You can vote for you’re favourite here.

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