In June 2008 I organised a charity exhibition at the Castlegate. It’s the venue of City Church, Newcastle Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. The exhibition was 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. Earlier this year, Richard Davies from OWN IT asked if I would be interested in putting on another exhibition of my paintings. Apparently OWN IT will be effected by proposed government cutbacks.
Richard Davies MBE
OWN IT was established in 1997 with the work of Richard Davies MBE at Walbottle Campus. It is a unique work experience programme for disengaged 14 – 16 year olds. They are recommended to the charity by senior members of school staff.
They ask each student this question. “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. They want them to take their dreams 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. Visitors will have an opportunity to see 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.