Drawing of a Blue TitTrust Art Comp Update

Given the current restrictions, we are pushing back the deadline for this year’s Trust Art Competition to later in the year. We are unable to accept submissions for the competition at this time so please do hang on to your artworks until such time as we are able to receive them in person. We will keep you informed about this.

Online ArtGallery Launch

We would like to invite you to submit photographs of your artwork instead via email. Selected artworks are exhibited in the Art Gallery, so you can see what other people have getting up to creatively. We hope this will be a bit of fun as well as a source of inspiration for everyone and an opportunity to exhibit your work.

See below for full details on how to enter, FAQs and how to get help with submitting work.

Email photographs of your artwork to artsforhealth@mpft.nhs.uk with the word ArtGallery in the subject header. No more than one per week please.

Please also include the following information about your entry copied into the email (don't forget the data protection bit at the bottom):

  • Name
  • Age (if 16 or under, we won't display your surname if you are under 16)
  • Parent or guardian name (if artist 16 or under)
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Title of entry
  • Brief description of entry eg. painting of sunset in oil
  • When displaying your work would you like us to include your name?
  • How you would like your name to be shown if different from above (e.g. first name only, a pseudonym etc)

Data Protection

We promise to use the information you send to us in a responsible way and for the purposes of contacting you regarding Arts for Health’s online art gallery project.

Terms and Conditions

  • All entries may be exhibited, reproduced and distributed by the Trust.
  • Selected entries, subject to the discretion of the Arts for Health team, will be displayed on the Arts for Health website. 
  • The Arts for Health team's decisions are final; we will not enter into correspondence about decisions.

What kind of work can I submit?

Anything! You can send us photographs of anything creative on any theme you been making, painting, drawing, collaging sculpting etc etc. You can also submit photography.

Can I submit photographs to the ArtGallery?

Yes, you can submit photography.

Can I send photos of sculpture or other 3D work?

Yes, you can submit images of sculpture and 3D work.

How many artworks can I submit?

We are relaxing the usual Art Comp rules so that you can submit one artwork per week. So the usual rules about only three pieces in total doesn't apply, as in theory you could send us something every week if you are feeling particularly prolific.

Who can enter work?

MPFT staff, inpatient and outpatient service users, former service users, plus the family, friends and carers of any of those people are all welcome to submit work.

Will all the work submitted be displayed?

Selected entries will be exhibited in the ArtGallery. We will do our best to display as many as possible.

When will I see my work in the ArtGallery?

We will do our best to upload selected submissions on a weekly basis. It may be between one and two weeks before selected artworks go live.

Can children get involved?

Yes! Children can submit entries for the ArtGallery. We’d love to see some of the beautiful rainbows children have been creating for their windows for example or any other artwork they have been making.

Will you show my name?

We will credit people's artworks by name if you want us to. There is a space on the entry form where you can tell us whether you want us to show your name or not and how you want to be credited (e.g. first name only) so let us know your preference. We won't use surnames for entrants under 16 and will only display first names of entrants under 16 with permission.

What camera should I use?

You can use any digital camera including a phone camera.

What file size/resolution/file type should I send my photos at?

Please send hi-res JPEGs at around A3 size (or approx 40cm on the long edge) if you can or alternatively just use the best quality settings on your camera or phone. The reason for this is that although the work is for display online, we sometimes get requests for prints of images for use in enhancing our inpatient settings and high quailty files will enable to do this.

I'm a staff member wanting to submit inpatient work, can I get some help with it?

Yes, please email us at artsforhealth@mpft.nhs.uk.  For example, we may be able to find a way for us to photograph and upload the work if you or your service user isn't able to do it themselves for whatever reason.

I don't have the right technology (camera/emails/computer/internet access etc) to be able to email photos, can you help?

We will try, please email us at artsforhealth@mpft.nhs.uk and we will respond to your query as soon as possible.

I'm not sure how to send my photos over email, can you help?

We will try, please email us at artsforhealth@mpft.nhs.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Help, I’m still stuck on something! 

Please email us at artsforhealth@mpft.nhs.uk if you have any further queries.

Arts for Health Contact Details

Jessica Kent - Arts for Health Lead

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS

01743 210048 / 07814 752783

Helen Wilson - Project Worker

St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3AG

01785 221328

Owen Hurcombe - Digital & Communications Project Worker

St, George's Hospital, Corporation Street,
Stafford ST16 3AG


Diana Buckle - Administrator

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS