Art without barriers in the International Painting and Drawing Contest awards23.05.2019
In collaboration with Fundación Repsol, the Madrid Down syndrome foundation Down Madrid has presented the awards from the 27th International Painting and Drawing Contest, an initiative that aims to put the artistic talent of people with Down syndrome in the spotlight.
The event was organized by Down Madrid through its service ArteDown, and was attended by Director General of Cultural Heritage of the Community of Madrid, Paloma Sobrini; the director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Evelio Acevedo; vice president of Fundación Repsol, António Calçada; and the head of Down Madrid's board of trustees, Inés Álvarez Arancedo.
António Calçada pointed out that "this contest is not just a commitment to creativity and diversity, which allows us to discover and admire different forms of expressions and experiencing art, but is also a fantastic way to give visibility to artists with Down syndrome and help them build their profession”.
Likewise, Inés Álvarez Arancedo stated that this contest is very important, and participants "show us their emotions and open their hearts through paints, water colours, and mixed techniques". "The jury has had a really difficult job as we have seen the ability to take risks, effort, and emotion in the participant's work, and we would have liked to present more awards", said Álvarez Arancedo.
This year, a total of 89 works of art by 66 artists with Down syndrome were presented to the contest. They can be visited for free in the El Águila exhibition room until 29th May. This year, artists from all over Spain took part. Two of the winners attended the awards ceremony from Mérida and Tenerife.