Oh what a picture! Epsom and Ewell Deputy Mayor and Reigate and Banstead Mayor attend opening of charity art show.

The Sunnybank Trust’s annual art show kicked off with some special guests at their preview night. Deputy Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr John Beckett, and Mayor of Banstead and Reigate, Cllr Roger Newstead attended the exhibition which featured over 50 works of art created by local artists with learning disabilities.

Lavender Fields by Valerie Grant

In collaboration with MyTime – and NHS day centre – The Sunnybank Trust has been hosting an annual art show and auction to highlight the talent of people with learning disabilities as part of their on-going work to reduce stigma and misconception of people with learning disabilities.

Local artist Matt Sharp, an ambassador for The Sunnybank Trust whose work was on display as part of the show, attended the show along with other artists from the charity whose work is up for auction.

The exhibition (from 23rd-26th May 2018) is enjoying its second year at Bourne Hall in Ewell, as part of ensuring the work can be enjoyed by as many members of the local community as possible.

Dorothy Watson, CEO of The Sunnybank Trust said,
“We are very excited to be sharing these art works with the local community as it is an opportunity to celebrate some wonderful talent. We hope people will leave with a greater understanding of how much more people with learning disabilities can bring to our local community. Epsom and Ewell has a large population of people with learning disabilities and we’re proud to support anyone in the local area who has a learning disability to achieve their life goals.”

For Deputy Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr John Beckett, and his wife Allison it was their first formal event since he took on the role. In response to the exhibition he said: “The quality of the work on display is outstanding. We have some really talented people in our local community. I think The Sunnybank Trust’s work in helping local people with learning disabilities is excellent and I’m really glad to have had the chance to come along and support such a great local cause and event.”

If you weren’t able to attend the show, don’t worry! You can still see and bid for the art online at www.jumblebee.co.uk/sbtartauction
All of the money raised will go to helping hundreds of local adults with learning disabilities to lead the lives they choose. It could:
• Help them discover hidden talents, like art, as part of Kites Club or The Happy Kings and Queens Drama Group
• Combat loneliness by introducing isolated people to new friends as part of the Buddy Scheme
• Save someone from an abusive situation through Advocacy support.