Greater Manchester poverty charity, The Mustard Tree has announced it’s hosting an art exhibition to relaunch the charity’s city centre training café ‘The Olive Branch’, which works to raise money and help the organisation work towards combating poverty and preventing homelessness.
The event will exhibit pieces from resident artist Graham Hudson’s Angels series in which he explores the celestial and divine, taking inspiration from deep space photography.
Pieces from the series will be available to purchase on the evening, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to Mustard Tree – helping to combat poverty in Greater Manchester. The event will also feature live painting and insights into Graham’s creative process.
Graham began painting in 1997, but after dealing with a difficult period that subsequently left him homeless he started working with Mustard Tree in 2009. Graham became a voice for first-hand experiences of homelessness within the charity, as well as Mustard Tree’s resident artist. He then worked as head of creative services, before moving on to become building and facilities manager for the Mustard Tree sites.
As a self-taught artist, Graham gravitated towards acrylic on canvas, mixed media, and oils. Working with layers and detail, Graham creates atmospheric pieces, which range from the chaotic and explosive, to the calm and meditative.
Speaking of the exhibition and his experience at Mustard Tree, Graham said: ““Mustard Tree gave me the opportunity to paint again when I arrived at the centre in 2009, when I was in desperate need of love and support.
“I received both, along with much needed forgiveness and a second chance. As a service user and volunteer, I began and developed a series of creative programmes. Creativity and the opportunity to express it have helped change my life massively, positively and continues to do so now.”
The event will be held on Thursday 18th August from 6pm – 8pm at the Mustard Tree in Ancoats. Free tickets are available now via the link below.
Mustard Tree Presents: ‘Graham Hudson – Angels’
Date: Thursday 18th August
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Mustard Tree Ancoats, 110 Oldham Road M4 6AG