Come and visit me in my temporary studio at the Watts Gallery,
Down Ln, Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ. 6th- 25th March 11am - 4pm Tuesday- Sunday
HASLEMERE EDUCATIONAL MUSEUM 10th - 31st MARCH 2018
78 High St, Haslemere GU27 2LA
Another chance to see this challenging and uplifting exhibition, celebrating the lives of people with profound disabilities.
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 nine 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.” 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.
The portraits are exceptional – they really do seem to manage to capture the often elusive ‘essence’ of a person with pmld – that character bit that often gets left behind when noticing the disability. Janet Gurney - Director of training, US IN A BUS
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