halow was delighted that over 200 people came to see its photographic and art exhibition that ran at St Mary’s and Holy Trinity churches in early December.
The exhibition was made up of two halves. Firstly, a photographic element that showed images of halow young people with a learning disability. The fascinating part of the show was the fact the young people all had the opportunity to alter their images and embellish them with colour and the addition of materials such as stickers, feathers and glitter to show themselves as they wanted to be seen.
The second part again had halow young people at the forefront of the project. Working with Guildford’s ACL, the young people in conjunction with their tutors, were set the task of depicting themselves as a superhero of their choice.
The paintings were vibrant, amusing and again put the individuals in the driving seat and show them as they dreamt of being seen. Guests included Guildford Mayor, Councillor David Elms and Chairman of Surrey County Council, David Munro, who commented: “It was brilliant to see such a professionally-mounted and creative set of exhibits.”
Another visitor, Anna Matthews wrote in the event visitor book: “Wonderfully creative and inspirational.” And Sean Hookins from Accountants, Chaddesley Sanford, wrote: “I loved how the artwork created a sense of fun and showed the artists as individuals! Great stuff!”
The exhibition moved from St Mary’s church to Holy Trinity on Friday and culminated in a gala concert featuring Seaford College choir. The 30 strong choir performed a range of classical pieces featuring solos and duets and also treated the audience to contemporary songs and of course Christmas carols.
“This event has been so well received, we have had such positive feedback from everyone who has seen the exhibition, “said halow fundraiser, Richard Nelson. “Of course events like this are a great way for us to raise funds for the charity, but perhaps more important is the opportunity it affords us to showcase the work we do as a charity – reaching new people and engaging the community. Our sincere thanks must go to the two churches for their generosity and co-operation in allowing us to put this event on,” Richard added.