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The art of recovery

An explosion of colour will hit the walls of the Europa Gallery on 4 September when

Sutton Art Council's (SAC) second Art as Therapy exhibition opens for public viewing.

The show features painting and sculpture from lots of groups who benefit from art as therapy including prisoners to showcase the breathtaking range of talent to be found in residents from every corner of the borough.

SAC's Vice Chair, Dick Bower, said: "Last year's exhibition brought together a wide range of support groups who each use art to encourage well-being. The result was an incredible range of art and was greatly appreciated by those who viewed the work.

"The Arts Council wishes to support this initiative and encourage more people to showcase their work this year."

Last year's show featured around 100 pieces which encompassed a wide range of styles and subjects and organisers are expecting to exhibit a similar variety this year.

Artists from Bananas Art, which supports people with mental health concerns; Clusters, for adults with a disability, HiFive Independence Homes, which provides care and support for those with epilepsy; HMP High Down, Orchard Hill College, which teaches those with learning difficulties and disabilities; Sutton Centre for Independent Living and Learning, Sutton Mencap, Sutton Council's Support and Inclusion Team and Sutton Mental Health Foundation will all be showing their creations.

The Mayor of Sutton Sean Brennan will attend a private view at the gallery in Sutton Central Library at 7pm on Monday 3 September and it will be open to the general public until Thursday 13 September.

The free exhibition will be open during normal library hours. See

Last updated: Thursday, 16 August 2012

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