Creative Awards Scheme

The Charles Bracken Award


Charles BrackenThe Charles Bracken Award is in honour of Charles Bracken MBE, who died on 27 January 2020. Charles was a founding Director and recent Chairman of SANE, who gave 35 years of his life in supporting the charity and pioneering its development.

The award, which is part of the SANE Creative Awards Scheme, is made annually in recognition of exceptional talent in communicating the relationship between creative achievement and mental illness.

The winner, shortlisted from the award scheme applicants and selected by SANE representatives, professional artists from the Open College of the Arts and Madeline Bracken will receive £1,000 (runner-up £400), which can be used towards the cost, for example, of materials, enrolment on courses and exhibitions.

The Charles Bracken Award is supported by Charles’ widow, Madeline, and the family.

Madeline said:

“Art is clearly so important in supporting feelings and messages about mental health and it was a privilege to be able to see all the entries. Charles would have been deeply moved and thankful that art provides so many benefits to mental health. In judging the artistic works for Charles’ award, I have considered three main criteria: the talent of the painters, the messages that they are depicting in their work, and the artists’ skill and technique.”



Winner - Camille Ormston

Camille shifts between painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and poetry. The award means she can mount her first exhibition. Creating art has helped her to manage the uncertainty and isolation of lockdown. She receives £1,000.

 “I explore the human condition; the unconscious and conscious mental states – nature and life’s journey.”

Miles to Go Before I Sleep by Camille Ormston

Charles Bracken Award: WINNER

Miles to Go Before I Sleep by Camille Ormston


Runner-Up - Ashley Ferrari

Ashley is using her award to buy larger canvases and hire studio space. She receives £400.

“I use oils and like to explore using colour and light to create feelings of peace and serenity in the viewer. I paint with the aim of soothing the viewer and creating the feelings of peace and serenity that I so crave myself.”

Forest Path by Ashley Ferrari

Charles Bracken Award: RUNNER-UP

Forest Path by Ashley Ferrari


Anyone wishing to apply to the SANE Creative Awards Scheme should complete an application form. Full details can be found on the SANE Creative Awards Scheme page along with guidlines for submissions.

If you would like more information, please call SANE on 0203 805 1790.

Applications should be received by Thursday 30 September 2021.