Updated: Jul 6
Last month at St Mary's Church, Twickenham, the Art & Soul community came together, filling the beautiful historic church with over 70 artworks, made in our groups over the past year.
Running between 8-10th June and coinciding with the much-loved St Mary's Church Annual Fair, our exhibition, ‘Flourishing Together’, brought together over 70 exhibiting artists and attracted over 350 visitors, uniting the community through art. Officially opened by the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Suzette Nicolson, this marked a special moment as it was Art & Soul’s first in-person exhibition since 2019.
Many artworks were sold, raising funds for the artists and for the charity to continue it's important work.
The exhibition also hosted a family art for wellbeing workshop, led by the talented artist Diana Burch, which was such a success that we had to source some extra tables to facilitate the number of families who dropped in!
The exhibition was dedicated to Lucy Bradley and Alan Cartwright, two valued members of the Art & Soul community who passed away in the last year.
Lucy's extended family attended, and a poignant round of applause echoed through the venue, commemorating her unwavering commitment to art.
Our Visitor Book overflowed with heartfelt comments, a testament to the profound impact our exhibition had on those who experienced it:
🌟 "So happy to be part of Art & Soul again!"
🌟 "Refreshing – well done."
🌟 "Congratulations to all the artists involved."
🌟 "An impressive exhibition beautifully displayed."
🌟 "What a beautiful and diverse selection of artwork with such an important message."
🌟 "Wow – what a fantastic exhibition celebrating how art can help mental health."
‘Flourishing Together’ was a resounding success, leaving a mark on our hearts and minds. We extend our deepest gratitude to all artists, volunteers, supporters, and visitors who made this extraordinary event possible. Together, we continue to build a community that nurtures and celebrates the transformative power of art in promoting mental wellbeing.
Take a look at some photos from the exhibition in the slideshow above, taken by photographer Emily Mudie.