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Rowan’s Charity Exhibition: The Great Outdoors

We’re honoured to extend an invitation to our audience to attend Rowan’s annual art exhibition, through which all funds raised help the local charity to continue their work supporting adults with learning disabilities across Cambridgeshire to reach their creative potential whilst enabling them to live happy and independent lives. The two-day event is on this coming weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February 2022, at Long Road Sixth Form College (Cambridge CB2 8PX).

Rowan is an arts centre and forest school based in the city centre. For their third fundraising exhibition it’s time to explore The Great Outdoors with a display of works for sale from 100+ artists! As well as the artwork on show, there will be live music from local musicians, a pop-up shop of goods handmade by the centre’s skilled artisans and a silent auction featuring works that have been donated by professional artists.

One of the things we love about Rowan’s events is the involvement of the local community. They offer so much to so many by both welcoming external artists, whether amateur or professional, to contribute their creativity and inspiring the public to get creative for a good cause. The Great Outdoors is open from 11-4PM on both days and entry is free. Show your support and head over to the Facebook event here to RSVP now!

Image Courtesy of Rowan’s Artists
Image Courtesy of Rowan’s Artists

Rowan receive some income from student fees but mostly rely on fundraising to cover their costs which total over £430,000 a year. They do incredible work and are very much at the heart of the county’s creative community not only because of what they do to give disabled adults the same choices, opportunities and aspirations as others but because they also provide valuable connections for residents and businesses through their community classes, open studio events, projects and commissions.

All visitors heading to this weekend’s exhibit have the opportunity to purchase original artworks inspired by nature that have been produced by local artists. Every participant was given the same blank canvas and then asked to create a piece inspired by the theme. If you’ve been searching for affordable art for your home, office or school then you won’t want to miss this – all finished canvases will be on sale for £45 each.

Ellie Breeze, Communications & Fundraising Events Manager, says: “After so much time stuck indoors, it feels fitting to celebrate the outdoors with this exhibition.” She also adds: “I love how inclusive this event is – everyone is invited to take part and each artwork is sold for the same price. We’re always blown away by the talent on display at our exhibitions and seeing the work submitted so far, this year will be no different.”

Image Courtesy of Rowan’s Artists
Image Courtesy of Rowan’s Artists
Image Courtesy of Rowan’s Artists

You can expect a mix of musical interludes throughout – with quirky and catchy music from Karmadillo and chilled jazz and blues groove from singer-songwriter Soloman Smith alongside Chris Newman on guitar.

Whether you are able to get along in-person or not, everyone is welcome to go check out the silent auction preview here. Virtual bidding opens on Saturday at 11AM and you can get involved by texting your bids to the dedicated auction mobile number. Just text your name, bid, the artist and artwork you are bidding on.

Since 1984, Rowan have provided a safe, creative, and enriching environment where the arts are used to bring people together and to tackle social exclusion. They develop the skills and potential of their students whilst improving happiness, health and wellbeing. They also deliver respite to both families and carers. As a social enterprise they accept large and small-scale art commissions from individuals and organisations.

Be sure to check out Rowan’s website to learn more and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay informed about future events, current projects, venue hire, opportunities and community classes.

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