Learning Disability Art Exhibition Returns to Jubilee Library

From the Monday 12th June to Friday 23rd June artistic work from pupils of St. John’s School and College will be exhibited in the Jubilee Library on Jubilee Street, Brighton.

St JohnsThe exhibition called, Reveal, returns following the success of last year that celebrated the learning disability school, college and charity’s 130th Anniversary. It showcases over 50 individual pieces all created by pupils taking Art & Design courses or qualifications at the learning disability organisation.

The art depicts a variety of people, locations, Brighton monuments and subjects of great meaning to each pupil through a mixed medium of work. There are colourful collages, detailed sketches and surreal depictions of the self that reveal something about the artist and their interests.

Kate Butterworth, who teaches art at St. John’s and organised the exhibit said, “This is an amazing chance for our learners, who are so talented and innovative, to show their work in a public space. It is wonderful to see so many people admiring the learner’s efforts and helps show people that just because you have a learning disability doesn’t mean you can’t be creative and talented.”

The official opening on 12th June saw St. John’s families, supporters and the general public all come together to celebrate the artistic efforts. People enjoyed drinks and food on arrival before admiring the hard work of pupils aged 19-25, many of whom will pursue artistic occupations, work experience or further education in the arts.

Simon Charleton, CEO & Principal of St. John’s attended saying, “There was impressive turnout with some local famous faces and gallery owners showing real interest in the learners’ work. Art and creativity is so important at St. John’s, it not only gives pupils a healthy creative outlet but helps them develop their talent, skills and interests.”

Prints are available to buy of the work with all money being used to support the Art & Design department at St. John’s by contacting Kate Butterworth on 01273 244000.

St. John’s next grand artistic endeavour is to help bring a giant Game of Thrones street art mural to Kemptown, supported by crowd funding, Marketing Actually, local businessman Jordan Tsar and Game of Thrones Brighton.

More details can be found here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/got_brighton