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2020 Art Expo

Annual MS Virtual Exhibition

Our annual MS Art Exhibition is usually held in August, coinciding with the birthday of Barry Allen. Barry Allen was a dedicated artist who bequeathed a sum of money for the Barry Allen Art Award. Art submissions are open to people with multiple sclerosis (MS) or other progressive neurological conditions in NSW, ACT, TAS and VIC.

The annual MS Art Exhibition has a long standing 14-year history with our organisation. It was an integral part of our MS Social Support Day Program where our artists were able to display and sell their artworks for the public.

This is a great community engagement initiative with significant historical importance and value to the MS community.

In 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the MS Art Exhibition was transformed a virtual art show, which under the theme “Celebrating resilience through art” attracted 137 art original pieces submitted by 72 artists in different formats – paintings, illustrations, photography and craft. 

We look forward to delivering this initiative again in 2021. In the meantime, 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.​

Cara ann Simpson
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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