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Neurodivergent Manchester Artist Wins National ‘Art of the Year’ Competition

Monday, 19 February 2024

Trace by Charmagne CobleWe’re delighted to announce Manchester-based artist Charmagne Coble as 2023’s winner of Art of the Year with her artwork Trace, a photographic artwork which uses the artist’s own body as a medium.

Our competition celebrates the works of up-and-coming UK artists, with the winner receiving £250 vouchers to support shipment of their own art with PACK & SEND, as well as promotion across our social media & website.

Charmagne Coble is a neurodivergent, British, fine artist who, after being a witness to her father’s death at 18 years old, began to use art as a way to express herself, creating a practice focused on loss, trauma and mental health.

Her art also confronts the intense subject of eating disorders through mediums of photography, printmaking and found mediums.

She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and has exhibited across the globe with her latest exhibitions including Sotheby’s, London.

She describes her winning artwork, Trace, as, “exploring the complex relationship between absence and presence and how difficult it is to separate the two”, using her own body as the medium to, “express personal experiences of decay and absence by leaving traces of the human body through powders on the skin.”

Accepting her prize at her local PACK & SEND service centre at Salford Quays, Charmagne said: “I’m really pleased to have my artwork recognised in this way by PACK & SEND, which has worked with some of the most famous and respected fine artists in the world.”

“It’s great to see an international company of their standing supporting and championing artists at grassroots level, helping artists like myself introduce their work to wider audiences.”

To find out more about Charmagne’s work, go to


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