Eleanor Worthington Prize: Disability and technological innovation
The Eleanor Worthington Prize 2022 is an exhibition which aims to raise awareness of disability through visual arts.
The Eleanor Worthington Prize 2022 is open to students studying at Art Schools at tertiary level in Italy and the United Kingdom. The Prize aims to raise awareness of disability through visual arts and promote reflection on social inclusion, especially among young people.
The Prize, now in its ninth year, is in memory of Eleanor, a severely disabled Anglo-Italian young person who despite her many difficulties always found joy in life.
Exhibited for York Disability Week, a week-long celebration of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the promotion of an Equal, Inclusive and Accessible York.
Each year a group of individuals and organisations from across the city, supported by York Human Rights City Network , come together and volunteer their time to help organise York Disability Week. The week-long programme of activities celebrates United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities here in York.
Eleanor Worthington (York, UK, 1982 – Urbino, Italy, 2008) suffered lifelong from a severe form of epilepsy and learning and behavioural difficulties, and spent her last five years immobile and confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak, and only expressing herself with her eyes and face. Beyond her disabilities, she was a person of high intelligence and sensibility, and with a great force of personality. She succeeded in having a life full of affection, social relations, and experiences, both in the UK and in Italy, where she attended all the years of the Istituto Statale d’Arte (now Liceo Artistico) in Urbino.
Eleanor’s family, friends and school wanted to transform her individual story into a collective experience, with the aim of raising public consciousness of the issue of disability. To this end, they instituted the “Eleanor Worthington Prize”, run in collaboration with the Liceo Artistico Scuola del Libro (previously: Istituto Statale d’Arte), Urbino, and with the patronage of the Urbino Local Authority.