Local celebrity judges blind veteran art exhibition

20 October 2016

Chris Ellison, artist and star of “The Bill”, attended a special art exhibition at our Brighton centre which opened on Monday this week.

The exhibition showcased more than 30 paintings by our blind veterans and were judged by both Chris Ellison and the centre manager, Lesley Garven.

Blind veteran Colin Gibbs took the first prize with his piece “Autumn Afternoon”. The judges were particularly impressed by his use of light and shade.

Chris Ellison presents a prize to blind veteran Peter Briant
Chris Ellison presents a prize to blind veteran Peter Briant

Peter Briant was at our centre to receive the third prize for his piece “Boat Passing West Pier”, presented by Chris Ellison. Peter, who is 96, lost his sight due to age-related macular degeneration.

Chris said, “I’m honoured to have been asked to come see and judge this art exhibition particularly as it’s for such a good cause. The paintings I have seen today are amazing and, considering that so many have been done by people who are vision-impaired, you wouldn’t know it looking at the paintings.”

Every piece of artwork at the showcase is available to buy, and a silent auction launched on Monday. So if you’d like to bid on some of the beautiful works and support out charity at the same time, you have until midday on 28 October to place a bid by emailing Rachel Chitty on rachel.chitty@blindveterans.org.uk or calling 01273 391455. The full catalogue can be viewed at blindveterans.org.uk/artexhibition.

“It’s been a really hard job deciding who would win or receive a prize, they were all very good and they are of a very high standard. The most important thing is that people bid on the auction and I hope it raises lots and lots of money for Blind Veterans UK.”