YOUNGSTERS tapped into their creative talents as part of an art project tackling prejudice.

The work of disabled artists was celebrated during a one-day exhibition in Oxford on Friday, which featured inspirational performances, displays, talks and workshops.

Hosted at the Ark T Centre in Cowley, the Roar festival returned for a second year, melding a myriad of skills from massage to printmaking and henna painting.

Minty Hoyer-Millar, a coordinator at Roar, hoped the event would help to tackle prejudice towards disabled people.

The 25-year-old, who lives in Jericho, said: "Roar is for disabled people to be heard and let you know how we feel, so people don’t jump to conclusions about people with disabilities. People focus on ability not disability."

Rose Hill resident Lloyd Barrett, 27, who was also on the organisation team, added: "I think Roar is fantastic. There's a lot of stuff to offer, I have met a lot of people from across the county and I think it's great. It helps me to socialise with people with disabilities."

Lord Mayor of Oxford Jean Fooks, who officially opened the festival, said: "It was tremendous. It was overflowing with people from lots of different organisations with different kinds of disabilities.

"The arts are obviously one of the ways we can all communicate. It was just wonderful to see them all joining in and working together."

Among the range of impressive acts was Witney-based Handy Voices Singing Choir, which performs songs using sign language.

It was founded last year by Ark T centre director Emmy O'Shaughnessy, who wanted to set up a platform for disabled people to show off their unseen creativity.

The event was supported by several organisations including Oxfordshire Community Foundation and Artswork.