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Anyone between the ages of 9 and 18 years can enter our art competition and we can’t wait to receive your entries…..

You can use paint, pencils, pastels, papier-mâché, clay or just about anything to make a picture or sculpture which shows how you imagine something or someone who is all of these things and who is the most perfect, caring, nurturing thing or person for you;

  • – Wise – knows and understands everything.
  • – Strong – can do anything necessary to protect you and would never be surprised or shocked by anything.
  • – Warm – shows you that you are important and cared about.
  • – Never judges you – understands you and accepts you just as you are.

You might find it helpful to think about whether you want; your image to look old or young, to be male or female (or not – it could be a mountain, a lake, an alien or anything else), to be huge, medium or small, to be a team or a group that welcomes you or one individual. Consider how the image might sound? How would it communicate with you?

Think about the colours and sounds associated with all of your ideas.

Please send (or deliver by appointment) to us by 20th April 2014 at:
Art Competition, The Salisbury Practice, 15 New Street, Salisbury, SP1 2PH. 01722 324343 / www.thesalisburypractice.co.uk

Please make sure you label your artwork with a title as well as your name, age and contact details so that we can let you know if you have won. All entries will be judged and the winner will be informed by 20th May 2014. We would like to keep your artwork for permanent display throughout our offices to inspire our visitors and us.

  • Why are we launching this competition?


There are good scientific reasons for launching this competition and we believe in using psychological approaches to health and wellbeing that are grounded in good research;

There is now strong evidence that developing specific skills in being kind to ourselves reduces stress, helps with life’s ups and downs and even better, we can develop these skills in a few short minutes.1 Professor Paul Gilbert and Deborah Lee explain that we can create our own ‘Compassionate image’ that represents an ideal caring person or thing. By imagining this person, place or thing as wise, strong, caring for us, and non-judgemental, we trigger soothing parts of our brain to grow, lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol 2 and increase heart rate variability which is associated with a greater ability to self soothe when stressed.3

Our team of Clinical Psychologists and Psychological Therapists at The Salisbury Practice Ltd are united in our wish to offer evidence based psychological therapy and skills. We want to encourage local young people to develop an image that may help them but will also help us by enhancing our practice walls and providing inspiration to others in learning to take good care of ourselves.

The winner will be judged by Bill Browne, editor of The Salisbury Journal and by Clare Proctor, a local artist inspired and experienced in working with art in healthcare. The winner will receive:

  • – £100 for art materials
  • – £100 for their chosen charity, school or other institution.


Good luck!

1Weng, H.Y., et al (2013) Compassion Training Alters Altruism and Neural Responses to Suffering. Psychological Science.
2Rocliffe, H. et al ( 2008). A pilot exploration of heart rate variability and salivary cortisol responses to compassion focussed imagery. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 5,132-139)
3(Porges 2007). The polyvagal perspective. Biological Psychology; 74: 116–43.