FACE TO FACE EXHIBITION
An exhibition of portraits by Jo Shepherd, celebrating the lives of people with complex and multiple disabilities
This is a second chance to see this exhibition (previously shown at Charterhouse)
THE GUILDFORD HOUSE GALLERY,
155 High, Guildford GU13AH .
As seen on BBC South Today -www.facebook.com/BBCSouthToday/videos/1154159411341314/
An exhibition of portraits aimed at changing perceptions and breaking down barriers.
Jo Shepherd has worked closely with many of the residents of High Hurlands Nursing home and Community Homes over the last seven years. “Together we have made art and music and have had a lot of fun along the way” says Jo.
“We continue to be amazed by the artwork that is created by the residents and their support workers under Jo’s guidance” -Fizz Carter owner/Manager High Hurlands.
All the residents have profound learning disabilities as well as complex physical needs that require 24 hour care. Most are without speech and lack the ability to move around independently.
“These disabilities and communication difficulties have not hindered us getting to know each other and it has been a joy and a privilege to do so” Jo says.
The over-riding aim of the exhibition is to challenge any preconceptions that may exist towards people with profound disability and to convey the positive and inspiring facets of each individual personality.
The portraits have been painted with the full permission and support of the residents’ families and the care home managers.
“High Hurlands Homes is thrilled to be supporting Jo in this very exciting project and we are all very much looking forward to the exhibition in October” - Fizz Carter, owner/manager.
“Megan’s portrait is fantastic, it feels as if she is in the room with us; she has been captured perfectly” Kyra Perella, Parent.
Charterhouse is hosting this exhibition as part of its social responsibility programme.
“Ben Nicholls, Director of Social Responsibility at the School, said, "At Charterhouse, we firmly believe that as well as having things which we can hopefully share with others, we can also learn a great deal from the world around us, especially from other schools and charities. Jo's wonderful paintings, as well as stimulating and moving those who view them, are providing a bridge between Charterhouse and High Hurlands which we look forward to strengthening over coming months. The more residents, artists, teachers and pupils who cross that bridge, the better for both institutions, and for all of us as we build a stronger society and community."
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