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Will Shepherd, Upon waking

A solo exhibition of paintings and mono prints by artist Will Shepherd at The Dirty Old Gallery in Hastings Old Town which has been organised by The Museum of Us Hastings & St Leonards.

Will says he can’t hear people well and so he watches them and everything around him very closely. He communicates using a combination of sign language and his own words. 

Though through his creative skills of painting and making he is able to express his thoughts, memories, ideas and feelings. This is why he says his art is so important to him. He can speak through colour and design, sometimes using this as a magical way to make things ‘go away’ (like covid) or let out his frustrations. Though his main objective is to show what he sees as the joy of life around him.

When Will was asked what he would like to call his solo exhibition, he looked out the window into the garden at the flowers on the table. He looked at his easel and paints, pointed to his watch and signed ‘get up, eat breakfast, paint.’ When asked what does he think about when he wakes up Will pointed to the flowers in the garden.

Will is part of the Project Art Works collective and has had work shown at Hastings Contemporary as part of the Ignition exhibition.

The Museum of Us Hastings & St Leonards aims to unite all people from the the community of Hastings & St Leonards On Sea creating a platform for creative expression & representation.

This exhibition is part of the Coastal Currents festival.

From September 2, 2022
to October 3, 2022

Location: The Dirty old gallery, 31a West street, Hastings, East-sussex, TN34 3AN

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