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Cathedral showcases works by local artists living with disability or impairment

Date: 05 September 2012
Art Beyond Limitations A stunning and highly unusual free exhibition of art by local artists who have overcome life’s limitations – coinciding with Paralympic Games - has opened at Guildford Cathedral. Art Beyond Limitations runs until 8 September. Exhibitors include those who are visually or physically impaired, or who have suffered mental health problems. Among those who attended the opening on August 21 were Dan Eley from Godalming, an Olympic torchbearer paralysed from the chest down after a diving accident two years ago, who has started apprentice-style training schemes for children living in poverty in Columbia - and a number of Olympic volunteers. Those exhibiting include Carole Benedict, a local blind artist; Phil Desmond, who came to art late in life as part of his journey through depression and mental breakdown; ‘graffiti art’ created by a group of young people with learning difficulties and mental health problems and many others from organisations such as the Minstead Training Project, Oxted School’s specialist centre for the visually impaired, the Mary Frances Trust and the Artventure Trust. Commenting on the exhibition the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford said: “Each artist is unique, but all of them demonstrate the Paralympic ideals of courage, determination, inspiration and equality. Art has an ability to touch our souls, challenge our perceptions, affect us emotionally and stimulate our thoughts and ideas. Be touched by the exhibition and celebrate the uniqueness of each expression from each unique human being.” The exhibition is staged in partnership with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey County Council and the Diocese of Guildford.

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