Matthew Douglas Ltd is proud to sponsor an emerging artist as part of ‘Painting For Change’ – a student-led exhibition which will raise funds for a dedicated special educational needs space at a local Suffolk college. Harry Badman explains how we’re lending support to this worthy cause.

We’re pleased to announce that Matthew Douglas is sponsoring the talented emerging artist Lolly Watts in the upcoming ‘Painting For Change’ art exhibition.

Created by the East Anglian law firm, Ellisons Solicitors, the exhibition will showcase inspiring and evocative works by 20 art students from the One Sixth Form College, carefully selected from over 60 entrants.

The ‘Painting For Change’ exhibition will raise vital funds for the local college, which aims to introduce a dedicated SEND (special educational needs) outdoor learning space. This is critical when you consider that roughly 10% of young people in Suffolk under the age of 25 are disabled, with 7000 young people in the area on an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and 12,000 getting SEN support from their school, according to  Suffolk County Council.

Proud to uplift local educational needs

Russell Brett, Director of Matthew Douglas, said: “Matthew Douglas is proud to be supporting this important initiative to raise funds for these essential educational improvements for SEND students in Suffolk.

“We’re sponsoring the artist Lolly Watts, who I invite you to read more about below; she’s a vibrant emerging artist from the area who has a keen understanding of colour and composition.

“As the best IFA in the East of England with an award-winning diverse workforce, we’re a firm believer in investing in our local communities to inspire positive change, so we’re genuinely thrilled to lend our support to Lolly and the ‘Painting for Change’ fundraising exhibition.”

A sneak peek: Lolly Watts

Above is a special preview of Lolly’s (as yet unfinished) artwork, which will be displayed at the Gala Exhibition at Ipswich Town Hall on Tuesday 25th June and again in the Tendring Show Art & Lifestyle Pavilion on Friday 12th July.

Speaking about her piece, Lolly said: “My chosen theme is ‘womanhood’ and this will link to connections, because I want to show the connections women have in the world. This can be all things including the connections between other women, mother nature, women’s representation in media, and how women are perceived. Within this painting, I wanted to demonstrate the connection between women and the expression of femininity.”

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 is excited to be part of. Whilst raising vital funds for Supported Learning students it also presents our young artists with an amazing platform to showcase their fantastic work. We thank Ellisons for all their support in leading this project, and we look forward to working together towards the final exhibition in June.”

The ‘Painting For Change’ Exhibition Gala is free to attend and will take place at Ipswich Town Hall on Tuesday 25th June and again in the Tendring Show Art & Lifestyle Pavilion on Friday 12th July.

Matthew Douglas would like to thank our fellow sponsors Ellisons Solicitors, Connexions 159, Becketts Financial Services, Mersea Homes, Ingleton Wood, Tollgate Partnership, Pound Gates, Huntingfields Estate Agents, John Grose, CSH Environmental, Andrew Thompson Associates, Prime Appointments, Vohkus/SCC, One Advanced, Evolve and Office IS.