About The Awards

The Tourettes Action Creativity Awards #TACA is an online event which celebrates the creativity of young people in the UK living with Tourette Syndrome (TS).

The awards give young people with TS a chance to showcase their artistic talents. We’re inviting artists, animators, stand-up comedians, musicians, short filmmakers, composers, dancers, poets and more to produce an original piece of work, providing an opportunity to feature in the #TACA online exhibition.

Every entry will receive a certificate, with entries that feature in our online exhibition being awarded a £30 Amazon voucher.

If you’re under 18, have TS, and want to give something creative a go then come and be part of the #TACA, and upload your original piece of visual or performance art.

You will need to choose whether to enter the VISUAL ARTS or MUSICAL AND PERFORMANCE ARTS category.

To enter your work you will have to make a recording or take a digital picture of your entry in order to submit it.

SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK
An illustration of a young person playing a drum kit.

There’s a panel of mentors, fresh from the creative industries, waiting to see what exciting things you’re going to put together, and they will be selecting the pieces that will be exhibited online. You’ll be part of a unique event to celebrate and showcase the thousands of talented and creative young people from across the UK, living with TS.  

MEET THE MENTORS
A photo of Suzanne Dobson
About Suzanne

The Tourettes Action Creativity Awards #TACA was launched in June 2022 in memory of Suzanne Dobson. Suzanne was the charity’s chief executive for more than ten years before she sadly passed away in 2021. She had a passionate belief in young people with TS and in their ability to overcome any setbacks their TS might present and fully express their creativity. 

Tourettes Action Logo

Tourettes Action has worked in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1981 and is the leading support, services and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and their families. The charity wants people with TS to receive the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full. TS is an inherited, neurological condition, the key features of which are tics, involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements.

TS is a complex condition and a large number of people with the condition will also experience co-occurring features and conditions. It is estimated that TS affects one school child in every hundred and more than 300,000 children and adults in the UK live with the condition.

The charity’s main activities include:

  • Providing help and support by phone, email, and online chat 
  • Providing or facilitating a range of support activities including online and in-person groups, befriending, making small grant awards and organising workshops and activities including residential ‘Ticfest’ events to bring people with TS together to build confidence, resilience, and community 
  • Providing educational support to schools, teachers, and parents 
  • Running webinars, meetings, and conferences on topics of interest to people with TS and their families 
  • Producing written and other published materials online to improve the knowledge and understanding of TS. Tourettes Action is the ‘go to’ organisation in the UK for authoritative information on TS 
  • Advocating for those living with TS to the statutory authorities e.g. schools and the health service, together with advocacy using the press and via traditional and social media to improve the lives of those with TS 
  • Encouraging and assisting research into all aspects of TS and disseminating the results as widely as possible. Managing and monitoring research projects into the treatment and cure of TS fully or partly funded by the charity’s grants

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