The exhibition, organised by the Milton Keynes Conservatives, will be held at Hansford & Sons Gallery in Stony Stratford from between 7pm - 10pm on Friday 6 August and 2pm - 4pm on Saturday with all painting sales going towards YIS, a local charity in Milton Keynes that supports children and young people’s mental health.
The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health has been huge, whether through isolation pressures, school routine disruption or lack of support.
The goal of the exhibition is to put a spotlight on young people’s mental health and the children who have created paintings will sell them at the exhibition on Saturday 7 August onwards.
The exhibition has received local support from schools and charities including YIS, Children Heard, Seen and the Sapling’s Children Centre in Bletchley have teamed up to encourage kids to get painting. It is also being sponsored by local businesses such as Antep Kitchen, Smart Move Estate Agents and Evergreen Foods.
Charlotte, Education and Wellbeing Practitioner with YiS Young People’s Mental Health, said:
“A big thank you to Shazna for organising an event that gives young people the space to express their creativity and the idea of having their artwork displayed in a gallery has been a wonderful opportunity.
YiS Young People’s Mental Health are honoured to be the chosen charity for such a creative event.”
Anika Pai, one of the young artists involved in the exhibition, said:
“I like creative work and painting is one of my favourite activities.
So this opportunity to paint something meaningful and at the same time, raise money for a good cause was a perfect start to the summer holidays.“
Cllr Alex Walker, Leader of the Conservative Group, said:
“This will be a great local event supported by people of all ages from across Milton Keynes.
It is absolutely right to shine the light on children’s mental health and we are hugely grateful to Shazna and the MK Conservatives events team for organising an occasion where we can raise money for a great cause and make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in MK.”
The exhibition of paintings by the children of Milton Keynes is on from the 7th-14th of August at Hansford & Sons Gallery, 73b High St, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1AY.
For further Information, contact: Shazna Muzammil-Cook 07719035317