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Artist Philip Jenkins Visits his Art work in London Gallery

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Since moving into my new home in February 2011, I have been encouraged to try new things and meet new people.  I have always loved art and my day service in Machynllech have supported me to discover my talents, they even encouraged me to submit my latest piece of art to the Wood Green Library Exhibition in London.

As a result of that, I was delighted to find out that my piece of art (see below) was accepted by the Wood Green Library as part of their exhibition, which attracts over 65,000 visitors every month.  The exhibition is specifically by people with Autism and was organised by The Hoffman Association.

I was invited to visit the gallery where my artwork was being displayed.

With support, I researched the different ways of travelling to London.  The nearest train station is only 5 miles away; I decided that this was the best way with only one change over at Birmingham.

Alwyn, my support worker, called at the house and we met Matthew at Caersws station.  The train was comfortable and I had a table to lean on to draw. 

We arrived in London at 12.30 p.m.  It was a huge station with lots of people rushing about.  We took the underground train to Wood Green; it was fast.  By this time we were all hungry so we stopped for lunch at a nearby pub.  After lunch, we walked a short way and found the gallery, which was on the top floor of the library.

Art work completed by Philip Jenkins

I found my artwork displayed on the wall of the gallery and I was so proud.  I had a look at some of the other work which was being displayed; it was really interesting to see all
the different perspectives.  I spoke to a member of staff at the library named Ian Wilson; he informed me that forty artists sent in pictures. The winner of the first prize was Jim O'Shea for a portrait of himself as a boy, called 'A Sense of Wonder'.  Ian also told me that some of the pieces of art are sold for fairly large amounts of money.

As it was getting late, we went back to the underground train and this was again very busy.  I was fascinated by all the bright lights and display boards for shows.  We took a walk around China town, which was lit up, and we had some food in a lovely restaurant.  After a walk around Knightsbridge, it was time to head home.  It was a fantastic day and I really enjoyed the whole experience.

By Philip Jenkins





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