Local people, who are part of the Derbyshire Healthcare community, have been firing up their imagination and creativity and sharing how they are ‘looking forwards’ after two challenging years, through our arts and crafts competition.
With the COVID-19 pandemic starting to recede, we have encouraged service users, carers, Trust members, Trust colleagues and other stakeholders and partners to send in images of their artwork and craftwork.
We wanted people to share their hopes for the future now that many of the restrictions related to COVID-19 have been eased – and at the same time help raise awareness of our services and challenge health stigmas. The last year has been challenging for us all; we have been living with COVID-19 now for over two years and we want to share how you are looking forwards.
We are excited and proud to showcase the creativity and celebrate the achievements of the Derbyshire Healthcare family.
On this page, you will find:
- The winning entries
- The entries by the shortlisted finalists
- All the submitted entries to view and enjoy.
The nine finalists were invited to the Trust’s Annual Members Meeting, yesterday, 21 September and the following winners were announced. The images will scroll through automatically, or you can click on the arrows to move forwards and backwards through the images.
First prize – Celia Brookes for her watercolour ‘Jumping for Joy’
Second prize – Janina Finch for her collage ‘Finally going to the beach’.
Third prize – Tom Porritt for his painting ‘Together’.
See the latest news item to see what the judges had to say about each of the winning entries.
The shortlisted finalists
A panel of judges has selected nine finalists, which you can view below. The images will scroll through automatically, or you can click on the arrows to move forwards and backwards through the images.
Celia Brookes, “Jumping For Joy”
Judges’ comments: This painting is full of movement and vibrancy. It depicts joy and a sense of leaping into a brighter future.
Ambernette-Fay Bullock, “No More Masks”
Judges’ comments: This picture sums up what many people were thinking as we came out of COVID and felt freer without our masks and able to breathe again.
Shealeigh Clarke, “Moving Forwards”
Judges’ comments: This is a really symbolic picture of coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, showing the artist’s recovery journey and being able to move forwards.
Denise Dell, “Looking Forward to a Clearer Dawn”
Judges’ comments: The title of this painting epitomises the image. Of moving forwards on a winding path towards the sun – evoking a more positive future.
Janina Finch, “Finally Going to the Beach”
Judges’ comments: What a fun and happy image, it made us all smile. We wanted to visit the scene and paddle in the sea – it is so tempting as it sparkles and shimmers. This was something we are all looking forward to – going on holiday and swimming in the sea
Margaret Foulkes, “Wherever we go (Peace)”
Judges’ comments: The bright colours are lovely and evoke such happy feelings. The waterway leads towards the cornfields. It reminds us of the spring time and new beginnings.
Amanda Lord, “New Beginnings”
Judges’ comments: The technique of this felted picture really impressed us. The technical ability and use of the medium and colours are fantastic. The image also evokes such a positive feeling of dancing and being free
Tom Porritt, “Together”
Judges’ comments: The sentiment behind this drawing rang true with us all. The words ‘together’ written in different languages are really inclusive. The image of the woman looking thoughtful and pensive is beautiful. She is looking up at the light as if she is looking towards a brighter future.
Tracie Mason, “Mother Nature’s Angel”
Judges’ comments: This was the most discussed entry as the judges had contrasting views. It is a thought-provoking and beautiful sculpture. It is so intricate, each angle brought out different emotions
Congratulations to all the finalists! The winning entries will be announced at the Annual Members Meeting on 21 September, and the prizes will include arts and crafts materials and certificates.
View all the competition entries below. Thank you and well done to everyone who entered.