People with autism are being given the chance to show off their creative talents by entering a new national art competition. The competition is open to all age groups.

The theme of the Creative Future competition is “art and technology”. Entrants are invited to show how art and technology can be combined to create show-stopping artworks in any medium imaginable.

There will be two rounds of judging. All entries that make it through to the finals will be exhibited at Autech 2015, a national conference focusing on autism and assistive technologies, to be held on 1st October at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. The shortlisted entries will be judged by autism champion and art patron Dame Stephanie Shirley and winners will be chosen on the day.

Competition organiser Dave Smith said, “When you put art and technology together, the sky’s the limit, How about making a model animal out of cables and circuit boards, crocheting a space ship, sculpting a robot out of clay, sketching a futuristic car or building a paper maché jet engine? Or you could use the latest computer software to create a unique artwork or even copy a Van Gogh. Anything goes – and we predict that we’ll be amazed by the sheer ingenuity of the competition entries.”

Dave continued, “People with autism enjoy art because there’s never a right or wrong answer. They can be free to express themselves without fear of being different. In fact, differences, quirks and special interests are celebrated in an artistic environment. It’ll be the same with our competition.”

How to enter:
Photos, scans or links to the artwork should be emailed to: Dave.Smith@AuTech2015.co.uk by 21st August 2015.
Entrants should also include a completed information sheet, which can be downloaded from: www.autech2015.co.uk/creativefuture