Talented student artists are to have their work exhibited to raise money to support a SEND (special educational needs and disability) outdoor learning space thanks to a local law firm.

The ‘Painting for Change’ initiative has been created by East Anglian law firm, Ellisons Solicitors, which has invited more than 60 art students at One Sixth Form College to produce work on the theme of ‘Connections’ in January 2024. Ellisons will be donating large canvases and paint to support the students, with money raised going towards the new outdoor learning space at One Sixth Form College.

The work of approximately 20 students will then be displayed at an exclusive gala exhibition. Each piece will have a dedicated corporate sponsor, which will be supporting the artists. As well as a business networking opportunity, this will be the first time many of the students have had one of their artworks exhibited.

Guy Longhurst, Managing Partner of Ellisons Solicitors said: “Throughout our long history and as we celebrate our 260th year in 2024, the Firm has always believed in supporting the local community and developing young talent. Our fundraising initiative with One Sixth Form College is a fantastic opportunity to do both.

“Painting for Change not only supports the development of young artists but will also help to fund a desperately-needed new outdoor space for special educational needs students to learn safely outside the classroom. We are hugely grateful for our corporate sponsors who have made this possible and we look forward to seeing the art produced by such talented young artists!”

The Painting for Change launch event, which will be the first time the sponsors can meet the artists and select the piece they wish to sponsor, is taking place on Tuesday 16th January at One Sixth Form College.

Lloyd Evans, Head of Visual Arts Department at One Sixth Form College, said: “The ‘Painting for Change’ initiative is a fantastic project which the Visual Arts department at One Sixth Form College are excited to be part of. Whilst raising vital funds for Supported Learning students it also presents our young artists an amazing platform to showcase their fantastic work. We thank Ellisons for all their support leading this project, and we look forward to working together towards the final exhibition in June.”

Sponsors include: Connexions 159, Becketts Financial Services, Mersea Homes, Ingleton Wood, Tollgate Partnership, Pound Gates, Huntingfields Estate Agents, John Grose, CSH Environmental, Matthew Douglas, Andrew Thompson Associates, Prime Appointments, Vohkus/SCC, One Advanced, Evolve and Office IS.

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