Artist’s work to feature in exhibition

Heather Harding
Heather Harding

An artist from St Leonards is one of 10 painters who have set up an exhibition to raise money for Children in Need.

Heather Harding, who took part in BBC One’s The Big Painting Challenge, has been one of the major organisers of the event, which runs until Sunday, April 26.

All artists featured in the programme last month are exhibiting their own work at Lauderdale House in Highgate, London.

The exhibition, which is free, is called The Bigger Picture and opened on Wednesday (April 15).

There will be paintings, prints, drawings and a separate area which will feature some of the work painted on the programme.

All work is for sale, and 50% from the sale of any BBC work will go to Children in Need.

Heather and her fellow artists will be at Lauderdale House on April 26 from 11am to 5pm to meet any members of the public who want to come along and have a chat and find out more about them, their work and what it was like to be involved in the programme, painting under pressure.

The Big Painting Challenge is a competitive programme where a group of 10 artists get taken around the country and given different painting challenges to do which are then judged by two top artists. Each week a different artist is knocked out until there are only four remaining in the final week.

Out of the 10, one is crowned the Best Amateur Artist in the UK.

Heather said: “I moved to Hastings and St Leonards from Hackney just over a year and a half ago because I wanted a bit of a lifestyle change and I’ve always liked St Leonards for its friendly and very bohemian feel.

“I only started painting properly about three years ago and then only when I could find the time as my job, in fashion design, was very demanding.

“I’ve not had any proper technical training, doing evening classes in my spare time and picking up tips from other painters. My passion is for painting portraits, although I am now looking at tackling still life.

“It would be great to see some people from Hastings, St Leonards and surrounding areas come to the exhibition.”