Camelon resident wins silver in Paralym World Art Cup in Japan

A Falkirk district resident’s artwork was among a select group of pieces chosen to feature in the Paralym World Art Cup in Japan.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 18th November 2020, 7:50 am

Sandra Ormiston, who has autism and lives at the NHS Forth Valley Area 1 Housing Support Service in Camelon, received a silver medal for her Cat and Book Pencil creation.

The 59-year-old’s work was handpicked from a pool of more than 100 by a team of judges.

The Paralym Art World Cup is held to showcase the talent of disabled artists from all over the globe and the theme for this year was ‘peace’.

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NHS Forth Valley Area 1 Housing Support Service resident Sandra Ormiston's artwork was selected for Japan's Paralym Art World Cup 2020. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The art is now on display in an exhibition in Tokyo, which also features artwork from other artists who attend Project Ability sessions in Glasgow along with Sandra.

It is the second time Project Ability members have been featured in the competition.

Gail Millar, NHS Forth Valley Area 1 team leader, said: “Sandra stays in NHS supported accommodation.

From left: Carol Kerr, support worker; Sandra Ormiston and Margaret Stanners, support worker. Picture: Michael Gillen.

“She has autism but is quite high-functioning and artistic. She goes to a project that does arts and crafts.

“She has been attending there for a number of years and her work was was chosen to go through for the Tokyo Paralym World Art Cup.

“They sent a letter on October 13 to say she had won a silver medal which is a huge achievement for her.

“She hasn’t got any language. She communicates through gestures and sounds. We map things out in a pictorial framework for her.”

The exhibition of artworks can be viewed online.

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