Create! Art for Autism 2013
was launched on Tuesday 23rd April at a Parliamentary reception in London, hosted by Alun Cairns MP for the Vale of Glamorgan. It is a UK wide competition that highlights the creativity of young people with an autistic spectrum disorder and showcases their work to a wider audience.

Entries are invited from 11- to 25-year-olds across five categories – 2D art, 3D art, digital art, poetry and people’s choice – with prizes for the individual winners and their schools.

One of the six winners in 2012, Luke Tuckwell with his digital entry entitled ‘Toy Cars’, accepting his prize from Judge Gaby Roslin.In 2012, the competition received over 550 entries from 52 schools throughout the UK, with judges including Jane Asher and Gaby Roslin. The fifth category – the People’s Choice – was open for votes from the public, in partnership with the Times Educational Supplement, and received a total of 1,040 votes.

The photograph shows one of the six winners in 2012, Luke Tuckwell with his digital entry entitled ‘Toy Cars’, is seen here accepting his prize from Judge Gaby Roslin.

Luke uses his iPad to take photos that document his everyday experiences and areas of interest, in this case creating haunting images of cars that have a painted quality to them.

Entries for this year’s competition can be submitted from April 15th until the closing date of June 16th. Finalists will then be announced on July 1st and the awards ceremony will take place on July 19th. Submit the entry form online together with a digital photograph of your piece of art if you are entering in the 2D, 3D or Digital Photography, for the Poetry Category send a Word document.  To submit an entry for the Digital Animation Category submit the entry form by post together with a DVD of your piece of art.

Please visit www.beechwoodcollege.co.uk/create-art-for-autism/  for further details on how to enter and on the Wales-based Ludlow Orbis Group who developed the competition.

You can keep up to date with the latest competition news by following Create Art for Autism on Twitter @create_a4a or joining the Facebook Page – Create! Art For Autism.