In June 2008 I organised a charity exhibition at the Castlegate, (the venue of City Church, Newcastle) Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne to help raise money for three local charities, OWN IT, Open Door and Aquila Way.

The exhibition, titled “Faith, Hope and Charity” was a great success and earlier this year, Richard Davies from OWN IT asked if I would be interested in putting on another exhibition of my paintings as OWN IT will be effected by proposed government cutbacks.

OWN IT was established in 1997 with the work of Richard Davies MBE at Walbottle Campus. It is a unique work experience programme for 14 – 16 year olds who are recommended to the charity by senior members of school staff.

They ask each student “If you could leave school on Friday and start work on Monday, what is it more than anything else in the world that you want to do?”

By focusing on the first choice of each student, OWN IT aims to make their dreams come true and want to take them seriously.

The exhibition preview will start in the evening on the 4th of July. It will continue every day 10am-5pm until Saturday 9th July and will feature a broad selection of my work including new watercolours of Newcastle, Italy, Scotland and the Middle East. If you would like to receive an invitation to the preview, then please contact me on 01661 871 800 or email alan@alanreed.com.

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