The High Sheriff, Tim Wates and his daughter, Louisa visited Artventure Trust in November. They met the staff and volunteers of the charity and spent time with the participants, even joined in an art activity.
Mariann Kehrling, the manager of Artventure explained how they work with the clients and introduced all the participants and their projects to the High Sheriff. As Artventure is currently working on a joint project with The Meath in Godalming about the River Wey that connects the two charities, Tim and Louisa were invited to join in some fun art activities and contribute to the collaborative piece of the River Wey Project. They both made a lovely dragon fly textile collage that will be added to the collaborative piece.
‘We started this project together with The Meath in August. Participants were going on excursions together and visited each other in sessions. Now all of us are working on the artworks and from January to May 2024 there will be four exhibitions – at the Cranleigh Arts Centre, at The Electric Theatre in Guildford, at the Lightbox in Woking and in the Godalming Muesum, to show these remarkable pieces to the wider community.’ said Mariann about the joint project.
The High Sheriff also met two of the Trustees of Artventure Trust, chairman Robert Muir and Philip Trumble. They discussed the importance of the work Artventure is delivering and the challenges it faces.
‘The recognition and attention they received during the High Sheriff’s visit is much appreciated by the participants, volunteers and staff of Artventure. They were proud to find that he appreciated their work and efforts.’said Philip Trumble, trustee of Artventure.
“It was wonderful privilege for Louisa and I to visit Artventure. I was inspired by the warm and purposeful atmosphere and by the brilliant art. All of it was vibrant and colourful and some of a quality that would grace the walls of a commercial gallery. I very much enjoyed meeting the artists who were so friendly and welcoming – along with the fantastic manager Mariann, the Trustees and the dedicated and skilled volunteers.” added Tim Wates.
Please read a detailed coverage of the visit in the Guildford Dragon.