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Glasgow City Mission ready for art exhibition

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Glasgow City Mission is putting on an art exhibition next week, featuring work by its talented art class

Glasgow City Mission is opening its doors to the public with a brand new art exhibition, featuring work by its talented art class.

The artists, who are all socially marginalised, are hosting the free exhibition opens at 20 Crimea Street, Glasgow on 15 March, 2-5pm, and is also open 16 and 17 March from 12-6pm.

Anthea McNeill who runs the art class said: “All of us, no matter our circumstances, backgrounds or confidence levels, are full of talents and abilities. It is great to see our guys have the chance to express themselves through art and to have their efforts recognised in a public exhibition. The success of the last exhibition really boosted their confidence.

“We would love to see as many people as possible attending, for the encouragement of our artists – so please do bring friends, family, neighbours and colleagues along with you. We would be delighted to see you.”

Original art work and prints will be available to buy and to order. Glasgow City Mission staff and volunteers will be providing tours of the purpose built five-storey building, which includes an art studio. Refreshments will also be served.

People would be knocked off their seat to see the stuff we do – the standard is amazing. It’s people that haven’t had a good life, people who have had problems with their lives.

Exhibitor Linda first came to Glasgow City Mission’s evening drop-in. She said: “A friend told me about it. I had mental illness and the friend said I could talk to people about how things were. I got a support worker – Anthea. She helped me with things like paying my bills on time.”

Of the exhibition, she added: “People would be knocked off their seat to see the stuff we do – the standard is amazing. It’s people that haven’t had a good life, people who have had problems with their lives.

“The last exhibition was good. It was exciting. I sold seven paintings and got three commissions. I was worried I’d be the only one that didn’t sell one. I was gobsmacked someone bought mine and wanted it up in their house.”

Glasgow City Mission works with homeless and marginalised men and women in Glasgow – meeting them where they are at, building relationships and enabling them to fulfil their potential. The evening drop-in serves hot food in a safe environment where staff and volunteers can get to know the guests.

Daytime services are geared towards helping people learn new skills, grow in confidence and make progress in their lives. As well as the art classes daytime services include lunch clubs, a foodbank, classes in IT, cookery, photography, and literacy and numeracy, and clubs and services to enable people to find work, volunteering opportunities and college placements.



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