Art by adults with learning difficulties on show in Chichester

AN EXHIBITION is taking place in Chichester of art created by adults with learning disabilities.

The girl with the heart-shaped hands runs from March 20 to April 1 at Chichester’s Oxmarket Centre Of Arts.

Regional charity Outreach 3Way commissioned fine art photographer Maria-Aurelia Riese for the job. The exhibition title was inspired by a shot of 38-year-old Samantha Wheeler who uses the charity’s day service near her home in Crawley. The show will also feature works of art created by people who use this centre.

Outreach 3Way’s operations director Simon Livesley said: “When talking about people with learning disabilities ‘people’ is the important word.

“As a set, these portraits do a wonderful job of celebrating individual characters. Maria’s managed to capture a great variety of moods and expression.

“The photo-shoot itself was a brilliant experience for all those involved and we’re all very proud of the cultural contribution these models have made.”

Vienna-born photographer Maria-Aurelia Riese describes her hopes for the exhibition, saying: “Photography has the power to act as a visual voice. Nowhere is this clearer than when I work with people with disabilities.”