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Art competition – Manchester Art Gallery and Helping Uganda Schools Charity

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What does Sound Look like to You?

Below are the details from HUGS  (Helping Uganda Schools) about an exciting art competition.

Can Sound and Vision be interchangeable.  We are putting artists to the test to represent sound in a visual artform, as part of competition hosted by the charity Helping Uganda Schools and the Manchester City Art Gallery.

Submissions are welcome from July 1st. Judging will be from the 2nd of August.  The lead Curator is Fiona Corridan, Curator of the Grayson Perry exhibition, at the Manchester Art Gallery, supported by Professor Kevin Munro (Ewing Professor of Audiology).

The winners will:

  • form a permanent display in the Peter Mount Building, Manchester Royal Infirmary (the NHS hearing centre and ENT specialty unit) and
  • feature on subsequent covers of the International ENT and Audiology magazine.

There are 5 catagories

  • Storytelling
  • Concept
  • Craft
  • Emotion
  • Connection

and a special category for the under 12’s

The art will be sold at auction to raise funds for a very special school in Uganda called St Francis de Sales School.  The school is in Jinja (a town at the source of the Nile) and is specially built to cater for young children with profound hearing loss, and other disabilities.  The school is run by a grassroots Ugandan organisation called the Organisation of Parents of Deaf Children and is the centre of their network of social care for vulnerable poor families who care for a child with disability.

Hearing loss is common in Uganda, due to ear infections, complications of measles and side effects from malaria treatments.  Deaf children are often denied an education, and struggle to learn to talk or communicate in other ways, despite normal intelligence. Reading and writing skills can be very poor. This leads to long-term poverty, joblessness, and stigma. Research shows, early intervention with targeted education, nutritious food in a safe environment fundamentally alters a deaf Ugandan child’s outlook for life.

Funds will be used to buy specialist teaching equipment and a new disability safe kitchen, where the children can learn to cook and be provided with regular meals.

Helping Uganda Schools has funded schools and provided bursaries for the most impoverished of students since 1995.  St Francis de Sales School will be our 7th school and 2nd providing special needs education.  We helped develop the ‘Good Shepherd Special Needs School, in Fort Portal, Uganda, 10 years ago, which it is now a beacon of excellence.  Pupils have gone on to study O level, A level and enter university.  We estimate 2500 students have been educated at our schools over the past 20 years.

To enter the competition please email your interest to [email protected]