Success for Portsmouth students as artwork proves popular

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ARTWORK by students with learning difficulties and disabilities has sold for over £1,700.

The students, from Highbury College in Portsmouth, sold their paintings on the Arundel Gallery Trail, a 10-day event in which more than 100 artists go to Arundel to exhibit their work.

The students have formed a social enterprise called Art2Work which celebrates the artistic talents of adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Debbie Lyall, head of Highbury’s Independent Living and Work Skills (ILWS) department, said: ‘Our dream is to become a recognised brand within the art world, able to offer sustainable employment within the learning disabled community.

‘Many adults living with these difficulties feel the work they create is deemed of little value. Art2Work highly regards the skills and abilities of all its team.

‘We aim to give our members a sense of self-worth, and develop pride and confidence by showing the possibilities of what can be achieved. Certainly the success of this exhibition has helped to do this.’

During the event students also raised £685 from greeting cards they designed.

Debbie added: ‘Money from the work sold goes straight back into the project for further development and the artists all receive incentive payments.’

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