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24 Feb 2021

Marches Counselling Service art competition “A New Normal” ...

Marches Counselling Service art competition “A New Normal” has come to an end.

Here was the challenge: represent creatively your experience of living with Covid-19

A good many artworks were submitted in answer to this challenge, asking of them to reflect more deeply on the hopes and fears they have faced over the months of the pandemic. The competition was open to people of all ages. It closed at the end of December 2020 and the winners and runners up were chosen by a panel of artists in January 2021.

Jennifer French, Director of Marches Counselling Service, has said that “The world can feel a difficult place at the moment. Whilst it may not change things, our competition “A New Normal?” has been an opportunity for people in the county to express these feelings and share experiences with others.”

The judges were impressed by the range of entries from people of all ages - from paintings, drawings and photo collages through to digitally created images. These entries reflected the different ways Covid 19 has affected people and shows a real diversity of how people are responding to their own unique set of circumstances.

Marches Art

Artwork by the winners and runners up can be viewed on the Marches Counselling Service website: www. A larger selection of entries van be found on our Pinterest page: We hope to put on an exhibition of entries in the Spring.

The purpose of the competition was in part to highlight the importance of attending to our mental health and wellbeing during these challenging, often anxious times. If you find yourself affected or know someone who is and would like to find out about how counselling can help please do contact us. We don’t offer a free service but we try to offer sessions at a cost that is affordable for people to suit their financial means.

MCS is currently offering one to one counselling and therapy both remotely and in-person.

Email: Phone: 01432 279906

The competition has been funded from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund

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