The New Hanbury Project’s Art Exhibition is an opportunity for our students to showcase their work to art lovers and buyers from across the capital and beyond.
Of course, for those on a recovery journey, it can also be about much more than that. We got the thoughts of two students whose work will be on display.
John’s work has featured on the cover of Normal Magazine (you can see the original block for his evocative cover of the first issue, with its own fascinating backstory, in the Hanbury) and Harry is new to art “for the second time” having dabbled “back in the day.”
“I’ve never actually had anything in an exhibition before” says John ” It’s a great way to be recognised but a great way to contribute to the work we do as a community as well, so although it can be a way of making a living it’s also a way of life – that’s art for you.”
“Art – like recovery – helps you through different stages of consciousness and competency.”
Harry feels that “discovering a new skill or rediscovering an old one is, without wanting to sound to pretentious, a metaphor for recovery”. He says “Art – like recovery – helps you through different stages of consciousness and competency.” Being part of an exhibition, having responsibility stops you becoming blasé whilst at the same time giving you confidence.”
They both agree on its therapeutic and liberating power of art. For John “self discovery” and for Harry “a central focus”.
To see the exhibition is to get a taste of rich pool of talent that we have and what we try to nurture in our recovery community and the diversity of styles that reflect the individuals that make it up. You can keep up with the work of New Hanbury Project art students on their blog, run by tutor, Kat.
Sales from paintings are shared equally between the artist and SCT to support the ongoing work of the Trust.