A teenager from Harrogate has been shortlisted for an award from The Arts Society after creating a painting inspired by lockdown.

Emma Money took part in the Isolation Artwork Competition and impressed judges with her piece called 'Spirit'.

The 18 year old is one of eight artists shortlisted for embracing the theme of isolation. They were all asked to produce work that reflects their own experiences.

Emma chose to capture a virtual 'Zoom' get together using the 'NHS rainbow' colours. She asked people to send photographs of online chats taken throughout lockdown. She then painted the photographs and collaged them together.

Emma also has a special surprise for those who took part.

Iwill be now posting the paintings to them or as a surprise to their loved ones, to remind people they are loved. I wanted to just give a little bit back to those who are experiencing it most, therefore all the money that I received for the commissions will be donated to the NHS.

Emma Money

Emma said her piece aims to show that we all all together in spirit, regardless of distance. She said she used raw edges to act as a metaphor for the physical barriers between us.

This close up shows the Credit: Emma Money

Emma’s work will be exhibited as part of a virtual exhibition hosted on The Arts Society Connected website from June 2.

The winner will be announced on 7th July following a public vote. The winner will have their artwork featured on The Arts Society Membership card 2021, the winning artist will also receive a £50 voucher.