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Art competition celebrates new beginnings after lockdown

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AN art competition has been launched for local people to get creative and celebrate the city emerging from lockdown.

Run by the Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service (LASALS), the amateur competition is themed around ‘new beginnings’ to mark the beginnings of return to normality after more than a year of lockdown restrictions.

People can submit 3D art, 2D art and photography for the competition, the winners and selected runners-up of which will be displayed in an exhibition at Leicester’s Adult Education Centre, in Wellington Street, in September, as part of its planned reopening for the new academic year.

One winner from each category will also win a LASALS community learning course voucher for up to one academic term. In addition, members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite entry on show.

The competition runs until June 18, 2021, and is open to anyone aged 19 or over from across Leicester and Leicestershire. Images of the work should be submitted in jpeg format, along with a note of the dimensions of the work itself.

LASALS head of service, Kerry Gray, said: “The last year or so has been a strange and unique experience for everyone involved, and has affected people in so many different ways.

“As we steadily begin to emerge from lockdown restrictions, this art competition offers people a chance to reflect on that time but also to embrace the new beginnings and opportunities to reconnect with friends, families and lives which have been on hold for such a long time.

“I very much look forward to seeing refreshing, new artwork once again and to showcase that as part of our planned reopening in the autumn.”

Leicester deputy city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, added: “This competition is a chance for amateur artists from across the city and county to get creative once again and put into pictures or photographs their thoughts and feelings about this long-awaited easing of lockdown.”

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A video by Kerry Gray about the competition is also available here.