Black Lives Matter Art Project

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    Black Lives Matter Art Project

    A Black Lives Matter art competition has been launched across the Trust to encourage colleagues and service users to identify individuals who they see as positive role models.

    The only requirement for entries is that the role model featured on an A4 portrait is Black British, African or Caribbean, with winners announced as part of October's Black History Month. 

    The project has been organised by Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist Mark Love (left) and Art Instructor Simon Wess (right), who are based at Guild Lodge, Preston.

    Mark said: “We need more appreciation, balance, and celebration of African and Caribbean-heritage individuals. In the world and in particularly on social media platforms we need positive representation of our diverse communities. So let's inspire those around us and do this through art.

    “The great thing about this project is it will create conversation about the subject, which could help foster good relations between different cultural groups.  

    “Everyone is free to create their own artistic interpretation (cut a picture up; add words; collage it; paint it, or other). We just ask that everyone names the individual they have based their art work on (it can be someone you know), and add some information about the person and why they were chosen.”

    All art work must be submitted to by Wednesday October 21.

    A panel of distinguished judges, including Turner Prize winning artist and University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Lecturer Professor Lubaina Himid, Trust Chief Executive Caroline Donovan and Black British historian and Senior Lecturer in Art at UCLAN David Knight.

    They will select the winning entries and award three prizes:

    • Most creative group display of Black Lives Matter art project
    • The best individual A4 piece of art work
    • The piece of art work – individual or group – that best communicates the Black Lives Matter message

    The winning artwork will be printed by Guild Lodge's OT Project Enterprise Group (PEG) onto mugs, badges, and T-shirts, which will be sold to raise money for the Trust.

    We have provided a set of A4 templates ready for you to use, please see below, or to help inspire your own imagery. The idea is that, subject to where you're based, these portraits will be put on display collectively in the style of pop art portraits (repeated images) at sites across the Trust.

    You can find the submission form here.

    For more information contact: Simon Wess, Art Instructor, Guild Lodge,  Mark Love, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, Guild Lodge or Candace Bedu-Mensah, Race Equality Project Lead.

    Artist Templates


    Bob Marley

    Chris Ofili




    Maya Angelou

    Malcolm X

    Martin Luther King

    Mary Seacole

    Peter Tosh