Bexhill mental health hospital

A mental health hospital in Bexhill is hoping the artistic talents of its patients will be rewarded after entering a national competition.

The Langford Centre is a 50-bed private mental health rehabilitation facility and has enjoyed previous success in the nationwide contest – landing an award back in 2012.

In November 2011 service users at the hospital worked together to create a fabric version of Picasso’s famous painting, The Scream, for entry in the 2012 awards. The entry, which won the hospital a cash prize, was displayed in a London art gallery until it was sold for £300 to a restaurant operated by displaced youths in Anglesey.

The prize money was invested in extra art and craft equipment and patients will once again work as a team to decide the concept and bring it to completion for this year’s competition, which is run by The Koestler Trust.

The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. It has been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for more than 50 years.

Its awards receive more than 8,000 entries a year - inspiring offenders to take part in the arts.