The Down Syndrome Foundation of Madrid (Down Madrid), in collaboration with Fundación Repsol, has handed out the prizes of its XXVII edition of the International Painting and Drawing Competition, an initiative whose objective is to give visibility and claim the artistic abilities of people with Down syndrome and that has counted as a member of the Jury with the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López.
The event was attended by the general director of the Cultural Heritage of the Community of Madrid, Paloma Sobrini; the director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Evelio Acevedo; the vice president of Fundación Repsol, António Calçada, the president of the Board of Down Madrid, Inés Álvarez Arancedo and the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López.
This year, a total of 89 works produced by 66 artists with Down syndrome have been submitted to the contest, which can be visited in the El Águila Exhibition Hall free of charge until next May 29. In this edition artists from all over Spain participated, two of the winners have attended the awards ceremony from Mérida and Tenerife.
This initiative highlights the works of the artists of this group, claims the right to access art and is an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to have a space to exhibit their artistic creations. Through art, people with Down syndrome express their creativity and get closer to society their ideas, their concerns, their feelings, everything that is sometimes difficult to express with words. Art is a tool for inclusion, so it is essential that the works reach society and know and value the artistic capacity of people with Down syndrome.