AN ACCOMPLISHED photographer will be exhibiting his work in June at a St Leonards gallery to raise money for a leading mental health charity.
Richard Matthews, 52, from Bexhill, is showing his photographs in an exhibition, Richard Matthews LRPS - 60 Hours, at the Lucy Bell Gallery in Norman Road to raise money for Mind - a percentage of all sales will go to the charity.
Having had personal experience of mental health issues, the artist also hopes the exhibition will generate awareness of the difficulties faced by people with mental health problems and encourage more support.
Richard studied film and television at Harrow College and has been a photographer for more than 30 years and his work has been included in exhibitions at the De La Warr, Hastings Arts Forum, White Rock Theatre Gallery and First Light in Brighton.
Richard said: “There is lot of stigma attached to mental health issues. Somtimes people look at people with mental health illness and see an axe weilding manic but we’re not like that.
“I agreed to do an exhibition for Lucy Bell and I thought why not do something to negate the negative stigma attached to mental illness and support charites like Mind to do good work.”
Mind is national charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and it also campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
The exhibition will be previewed on June 6 from 6 to 8pm and will then run until June 21. Limited edition prints printed by Robin Bell start at £125 unframed. For more information visit www.lucy-bell.com.