For 18 months we have been lucky enough to host some amazingly talented artists and performers in our first floor gallery. Most of the work we exhibit for sale is by local artists, and by the very nature of how art is created, sometimes it can take many months to plan, prepare and curate these exhibitions.
Six weeks ago we we were approached by the Shatterboys UK community group to host a pop up art exhibition focusing on, and created by survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Needless to say we were only too pleased to offer them the use of the gallery for the weekend at the start of May.
This was an amazing learning experience for myself and so many others who attended the pop up exhibition, Making the Invisible Visible. The entire gallery was taken over with a raw and honest art installation. 100 pictures of survivors as they were then and as they are now covered the walls to demonstrate that within the adult you see now was a vulnerable child who you may never know existed.
The event was live streamed for over 6 hours and featured a packed programme of speakers as well as people on hand to help and support where required.
This was the first time this event has been staged and it included a packed programme of guest speakers, was streamed live for over 6 hours. It was a privilege to be trusted to host such a special and emotionally challenging exhibition. We have no doubt that as the exhibition goes on tour around the UK it will develop and grow into something even more amazing with the ability to touch lives wherever it is seen.