On the 13 September 2012 Halcyon Gallery hosted the Norwood Art Show, exhibiting over 170 pieces of art, including canvasses and glass work. The impressive works were created by artists with learning disabilities, all of whom are supported by Norwood. 300 guests enjoyed a drinks and canapés reception, were able to meet many of the artists personally and purchase their work, from which a staggering £22,000 was raised.
One exhibitor, Rachelle Adler, who lives at a Norwood residential home in Hendon, North-West London, said: “It makes me so happy to see my artwork in the Gallery. I love doing art as it’s something I am interested in and that I have achieved myself.”
Funds raised from The Art Show will be used to develop one of Norwood’s social enterprise initiatives, which will enable some of the people we support to learn new skills to assist them into the work place, or to get more involved in art based projects from which they will be able to earn their own money.
Russell Green, Managing Director of the Halcyon Gallery, said: “The Gallery has worked with Norwood for eight years now, and this is the second time we’ve hosted The Art Show. The Norwood residents are such an amazing group of people and the event tonight has been great. It was fantastic to see the artists’ faces when they saw their artwork. The quality of work is incredible and I bought several pieces for myself.”
Chair of Norwood’s Art Show Committee, Caroline Arnold, added: “The Art Show was born out of a desire to showcase the many talents of some of the residents of Norwood’s Ravenswood and London homes. Since the day we decided to do this, the commitment, excitement and hard work has been unbelievable and I know that everyone who has contributed is as proud as I am of how wonderful the event has been. For many whose art was exhibited, working and concentrating for any period of time is extremely difficult, so it is a tribute both to the artists and the staff who support them that we have been able to produce a show of such volume and high quality of work.”