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New Art Exhibition Focuses the Spotlight on the Invisible

Published: 18th October 2016 11:30

 Karl Rudziak with Art Invisible artists

Somerstown Central Hub is set to host an important new art exhibition by Art Invisible, part of the Right To Work Community Interest Company.

Art Invisible showcases the talents and skills of adults with learning difficulties and aims for them to be valued in society through their creativity.

The group has been meeting weekly at Somerstown Central Hub for more than a year and has become an essential part of the Hub community. It was a natural step to devise an exhibition with the loose subject of Somerstown, the sea and Portsmouth.

The Art Invisible group is led by artist Sharron de Abreu Faria who has supported the group and helped them develop artwork for this exhibition. She has guided each person to interpret the subject in their own way and create vibrant, original art for exhibition and sale. The exhibition has been organised by Portsmouth City Council's housing service.

Jo Bennett, Portsmouth City Council's Commercial Property and Leasehold Services Manager, said: "I'm delighted that we are able to showcase this exhibition at the Hub. The Art Invisible group are an integral part of the community here so we are happy to show our support and help to promote the very important work that they do."

Less than 6% of the 1.5 million people in the UK with learning disabilities currently have work opportunities so this project creates an chance to access meaningful employment currently unavailable to many people. Art Invisible prides itself on beautiful, high quality creations for exhibition and sale. The profit goes directly to the artists and funds the materials used. This essential income helps to continually develop the business and increase opportunities for people in the future.

The exhibition is running alongside the existing We Don't Need Culture project by the Hub's artist in residence, Karl Rudziak. Karl has painted one of the Art Invisible artists, Martine Thorne, and has been the subject of a painting by Art Invisible artist Raki Chowdray. Karl said: "It’s been a privilege to be allowed to sit in with the group - and an eye opener. I have gained a better insight and understanding in the area of learning difficulties and met some extraordinary talented people who have inspired me and my work."

The launch event takes place on Thursday 20 October at 6.30pm at Somerstown Central Hub, Tyseley Road, Portsmouth PO5 4EY. Refreshments will be available and visitors can purchase products from the range on the night. If you can't make it to the launch event you can catch the exhibition until Friday 2 December 2016. After this the artwork will be displayed throughout the community centre rooms.

For more information about the Right to Work, visit http://www.therighttowork.co.uk.

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