Spectrum the Charity are currently facing one of the biggest challenges we have experienced in our history due to COVID-19. Although we fared well during the lockdowns, Cornwall is now experiencing one of the highest infection rates in the UK and the staffing crisis in social care is having a further massive impact on our ability to support autistic people.

Given this crisis our Board of Trustees have asked us to delay proceeding with the Spectrum Art Award until late February 2022 in order we can concentrate on these issues. We fully appreciate this is short notice, but we believe the numbers of COVID-19 cases are likely to surge in the next two months and our time will be needed to support not just our service users, but our valued team members who have now been delivering a front-line care service for the past 18 months.

We know many of you will all be disappointed with this news, but we hope you understand the reason our Board of Trustees have needed to make this difficult decision.

The first round of judging will take place at the end of February 2022 but please do keep an eye on the website and our social media for updates


All best wishes

The Spectrum Art Award 








  • Janice Hughes
  • Sharif Persuad
  • Joseph Coyle
  • Harry Moorcroft - Miss Sugar
  • Elise Broadway - Boy

"I feel deeply honoured to be selected as a finalist for the Spectrum Art Award, I believe that the prize has and will continue to inspire future paths of my work, whilst also validating the complex and uniquely individual experiences of neuro-diverse artists." Elise Broadway 

"The Spectrum Art Award has given me invaluable support for my work. I am grateful to be part of a space that celebrates the connection between art and autism." Janice Hughes

"The school reflection film, being rewarded a gold distinction and being one of the lucky winners of the spectrum a price, it’s reassured me of all the time I spent studying and learning, about film and media throughout my youth, has paid off." Harry Moorcroft

"It is a great privilege to be selected as a finalist for the Spectrum Award, my passion for my artwork is driven by a yearning to share something of myself with others, a way of reaching beyond the confines of isolation and anxiety." Joseph Coyle

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