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First Arts and Crafts Exhibition a success

On Tuesday 12th September some of the members of our Building for the Future Plus part of the charity exhibited their artwork from our offices in Twyford.

Members of the public came in and browsed and bought items from a handful of talented local artists and makers who are forging out careers for themselves as photographers, artists, model makers and fashion designers.

Building for the Future decided to give these young people a platform to showcase their work and for many of them it was the first time they had exhibited.

The show was really well attended with several pieces selling to visiting members of the public.

"Our first exhibition was a huge success,” said Jane Holmes, CEO.

“Thank you to everyone in the Twyford community who came out to support our young people.

“Our charity is working hard to bridge the opportunity gap that so often happens when disabled young people leave specialist schools and colleges and go home to their local communities.

“We want to help young disabled people from Twyford and all over the area to continue to develop their passions and interests by giving them the support and guidance that they need, plus a platform to showcase what they are capable of.

“Whether they are doing something as a hobby or setting up a business we will continue to support them in the hope of inspiring others.

“Our dream is to one day have an enterprise centre which disabled young people can use to develop their skills and get support from like minded people and specially trained mentors.”

The exhibition will now be an annual feature in the BFTF events calendar as it not only raised the profile of the artists taking part but it also had a huge impact on members of the public.

Jane said that one of the many visitors to the exhibition that night was a former photographer for Time magazine who gave up the craft following a stroke.

"But he said that after meeting our young people and seeing what can be achieved he was inspired to pick up a camera again," said Jane.

Our thanks to Colin Sugden of Artistica for his involvement in this inaugural event.

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