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Charging provider Osprey Charging has announced plans to display artwork across its nationwide charging network in support of Disability History Month (November 16 -  December 16) and International Day of People with Disabilities (December 3). 

For a chance to have artwork displayed on up to 30 of Ospray’s 75kW chargers, the company is inviting visual artists to submit their designs with an artist’s statement on Instagram or Twitter from now until midnight on Sunday 13 November with the hashtag, #OspreyUKDHM. 

The final design will be revealed on November 16, with the winning artist also being paid £1000 by Osprey.

Osprey says its Tritium chargers will be wrapped in a “eye-catching and inclusive piece of artwork that shows support for, and solidarity with the disability community” while  “celebrating Osprey’s commitment to supporting electric vehicle drivers with disabilities.” 

The announcement follows successful artwork displays across 22 charge points earlier this year for the LGBTQ+ community.

Osprey’s chargers are currently hosting artwork by Kaia Allen-Bevan, a Racial Justice / Anti Racism advocate, in celebration of Black History Month (1 – 31 October), and is said to challenge the public to learn more about black history and black experiences and act on this all year round.

Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging 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) added: “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.”

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Harry Leahey 03/01/23