Emsworth teenager’s bravery inspires artist

Artist Julie Turner and Adam Brombley
Artist Julie Turner and Adam Brombley

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A TEENAGE cancer sufferer has inspired an artist to create beautiful images for an arts trail.

Adam Brombley, 14, of Emsworth, is bravely battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has been marking his treatment, which includes overnight hospital stays for chemotherapy, with different coloured beads.

Artist friend Julie Turner was so moved by Adam’s Beads of Courage that she has created some limited edition prints for sale during the Emsworth Art Trail, which begins tomorrow, to support his family.

She said: ‘The purely practical financial costs of supporting Adam with his treatment and his parents having to reduce the hours they work so they can take him to hospital is something people do not always appreciate.

‘The money raised will help Adam and his family directly. My conservatory is being transformed into an art gallery for the weekend. The prints are titled Seeds of Courage.’

One of the series of brightly-coloured prints now hangs in Chichester High School for Boys after being bought by Adam’s tutor group to show their support.

Julie’s studio in Beach Road is number nine on the Emsworth Arts Trail.

Carol Price is one of the organisers of the trail.

The acrylic and watercolour artist is urging people to visit not just painters but all the other creative people taking part.

She said: ‘We’re all looking forward to it – it’s going to be great. We have a number of new people who have never taken part in the trail before.

‘It’s also exciting for us old hands, even though it’s our third year.

‘We have some furniture makers who perhaps people would not think would be on the arts trail.

‘We also have quite a lot of jewellers and they some to be forgotten as people don’t think of them as artists but they are.

‘There will also be textile artists, photographers and all sorts taking part.

‘It’s going to be wonderful.’

More than 150 artists will be showing their work across 50 venues over the next two weekends.

All are within walking distance of each other.

For the map go to emsworthartstrail.org.uk