“Art talks, art connects, art heals!”

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The MS Virtual Art Show is back in 2021!

The MS Virtual Art Show is back in 2021. Express your creativity and celebrate connections through art.

Art submissions will start on 12 July 2021 for four weeks, with the virtual exhibition to commence on 16 August in recognition of Barry Allen's birthday.

The late Barry Allen was a man who loved painting and received great comfort from his interest in art and music. Following our 15-year tradition, one of the artists participating in the 2021 MS Virtual Art Show will be the recipient of the prestigious Barry Allen Award.

Who can participate?

Once again, we welcome art submissions from people living with MS, carers and those with other progressive neurological conditions. We welcome all different types of artwork including paintings, illustrations, sculptures, craft, digital artwork and photography.

Are there awards on offer?

This year we're excited to announce the creation of a new category for carers, with a dedicated prize to celebrate the artistic excellence of one participant who provides support to a person living with MS or other neurological condition. The range of awards will include:

  • The Barry Allen Art Award
  • Highly Commended - Paintings/Illustrations
  • Highly Commended - Sculptural/Craft Artwork
  • Highly Commended - Digital Artwork and Photography
  • Carers Award.

Need some inspiration?

We will host two webinars before entries close with Justine Martin and Mattia Cicoli, both highly-successful artists living with MS. Mattia's demonstration will focus on connections to self through art and Justine's demonstration will focus on connections with the community through art. We will announce the details in the coming weeks.

We're excited to host the 2021 MS Virtual Art Show once again. More than ever, it is important to keep the community spirit strong, supporting each other and celebrating connection, as together we face challenging times. If you have questions or suggestions, contact our team at msart@ms.org.au.

2020 MS Art Show Award winners

The Barry Allen Art Award: Peregian Beach Entrance, Leah Breninger
Highly Commended Paintings/Illustrations: Flannel Flowers, Peter Spies
Highly Commended Sculptural/Craft Artwork: Baroque Palace Doll’s House, Maureen Caelli
Highly Commended Digital Artwork/ Photography: Scooter, mask and coffee | My MS Normal, Paul Gallagher 

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Peregian Beach Entrance, Leah Breninger

Flannel Flowers, Peter Spies
Flannel Flowers, Peter Spies

Baroque Palace Doll’s House, Maureen Caelli
Baroque Palace Doll’s House, Maureen Caelli

Scooter, mask and coffee | My MS Normal, Paul Gallagher
Scooter, mask and coffee | My MS Normal, Paul Gallagher 
 

Looking back - 2019 Winners

Sculpture and Craft: Lemon Pinch Pots, Maureen Caelli, from Chifley, ACT

Photography and Digital: “M.ake R.eal Improvements #8”, Cara-Ann Simpson, Pakenham, Vic

Painting, Illustration and Drawing: Outing In Sheerbrook Forest, Steven Smith, Caufield North

Packing Room Award: Footprints in the sand, Luke Gaetano, Montmorency

Barry Allen Art Award: Honey Bear (painting), Julia Brown-Jeffree, Bayswater
 

2019 Photos

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Barry Allen Award winner Julia Brown with her painting  Honey Bear

Sandra Walker with Ian Allen
Sandra Walker with Ian Allen, brother to Barry Allen in whose honour our major prize is awarded.​

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Cara-Ann Simpson winner of the prize for Photography and Digital – pictured with Cr Bill Bennett, Mayor of Whitehorse City Council

Luke Gaetano
Luke Gaetano, winner of the Packing Room award – pictured with Cr Bill Bennett, Mayor of Whitehorse City Council

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Lemon Pinch Pots, Maureen Caelli, from Chifley, ACT
 

For further information please email msart@ms.org.au or contact MS Connect 1800 042 138.

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