Ability to appreciate artistic merit, skills on show in Tamworth

THE International Day of People with Disability is all about highlighting ability and there was no better example of that than Monday’s presentation of awards for Challenge’s annual art competition.

Challenge Disability Services has run the competition for the past five years, with this year’s theme being “Favourite things”.

This year there were more than 220 entries from across NSW, including right across the local region and from as far away as Cessnock, Dubbo, Evans Head, Lismore, Muswellbrook, Nambucca Heads, Newcastle and Sydney.

Of those 220, 176 artworks were selected as finalists. The winners were announced at a presentation on Monday in the community space in the foyer of Ray Walsh House in Tamworth.

Twenty-four winners were announced, with the People’s Choice Award taken out by Mitchell Brook.

Judge Michelle Hungerford had her work cut out for her, as artists embraced the theme and went all out with their creations.

Entries featured everything from hand-forged knives, crocheted quilts and denim jeans to Coke bottles and kitchen utensil mobiles.

“The art competition is timed to coincide with (International Day of People with Disability) each year, as we believe that celebrating and recognising the diverse talents and abilities of people with a disability is what the day is all about,” Challenge marketing manager Graham Dooley said.

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was on hand to present the awards, which included a $2600 prize pool.

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