To celebrate UK Disability History Month, which takes place from 16 November to 16 December, and International Day of People with Disabilities on 3 December, Osprey Charging will display eye-catching and inclusive artwork that shows support for and solidarity with the disability community.
Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s leading networks of rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points, will make the artwork into wraps which will be displayed on up to 30 of Osprey’s Tritium 75kW chargers across the UK. This will take place for two months whilst celebrating Osprey’s commitment to supporting electric vehicle drivers with disabilities.
From today until midnight on Sunday 13 November Osprey is inviting visual artists to submit their designs with an artist’s statement on Instagram or Twitter, tagging Osprey and using the hashtag #OspreyUKDHM. The final design will be revealed on 16 November, the first day of UK Disability History Month, with the winning artist also being paid £1000 by Osprey.
Osprey’s chargers are currently hosting artwork by Kaia Allen-Bevan (shown above and below), a racial justice/anti-racism advocate, in celebration of Black History Month (1 – 31 October). This challenges the public to learn more about black history and black experiences and act on this all year round.
Prior to this, in July, Osprey showcased artwork by queer illustrator and graphic designer Ben White to celebrate Pride and show its support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Ian Johnston, Osprey Charging CEO, said: “At Osprey we are building an EV charging network for the future that is open to all, and so it’s important for us to show our support for typically under-represented communities.
“By turning our EV chargers into spaces for artwork we celebrate themes that are suggested by our staff and customers, whilst raising awareness of some important causes and organisations.
“We look forward to receiving many submissions from talented artists and illustrators in support of Disability History Month and can’t wait for our drivers to see the final design on our chargers later this year.”
Richard Rieser, coordinator at UK Disability History Month (UKDHM), said “Despite some improvements, many people still do not view disabled people as fully human.
“Disability History Month aims to change this by raising awareness of the unequal position of disabled people in society and advocating disability equality.
“We’re delighted that Osprey is voicing its support for disabled communities and applaud its commitment to making a charging network that is accessible for disabled EV drivers in the UK.”
For more information on how to submit artwork please see here.