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Proud 2 Create

The Margate School is delighted to be welcoming back Sandra Hampton of the Art4All Gallery between 17-20th August 2023. This time Sandra will be showcasing the Proud 2 Create collection comprising of a vibrant selction of drawings, paintings and photographs by twelve local artists.

The title Proud 2 Create represents a group of Deaf, Autistic and Neurodivergent artists supported by Sandra at the Art4All Studio, in Acol near Birchington.

Alex's Thanet Montage made at Art4All
Alex's Thanet Montage made at Art4All

The Studio strives to enable the artists to create as independently as possible, tapping into their abilities and guiding them to make art that is both meaningful and purposeful.

Sandra is passionate about art and is witness to the enhancement in the wellbeing of these artists, whilst generating awareness and respect for their work.

The artwork exhibited has been produced in a variety of mark making methods, utilising a number of very different techniques. Each artist is given the opportunity to try and experiment in fun and attainable processes, that they may, or may not use as a part of their practice.

Whilst the finished product is clearly important, it is rather the process and application that is as relevant. Some artworks are planned, some are not. Each artist is guided to give them freedom to create art in their own way giving them a voice that is not normally heard.

Bethany showcasing her painting made at Art4All
Bethany showcasing her latest artwork

Sandra established Studio Art4All in 2016 after the sudden closure of the Royal School for Deaf Children, in Margate. Sandra worked as the Art Teacher in the school and college for over twenty years. Her passion for art and many years experience of working with young people with additional needs enabled her to set-up a bespoke art studio for talented individuals.

Communication difficulties are a barrier for many of the artists who attend Art4All. Sandra is a proficient signer using British Sign Language and can implement a total communication approach throughout. Disability is not seen, rather the focus is on individual’s unique ability, their lack of inhibition and their huge ambition.

Sandra believes in the talent of the Artists and strives to unlock these skills to provide them with the security to be brave enough to show others what is going on in their inner world.

Sandra Hampton of Art4All
Sandra Hampton of Art4All

The Proud 2 Create exhibition will run at The Margate School (31-33 High Street, Margate, CT9 1DX) between 17-30th August 2023.

You can find out more information about Art4All on their Instagram and Facebook pages.


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