Art gallery hosts exclusive exhibition of work by artists with learning disabilities

A UK creative charity and art gallery have helped to give a voice to aspiring artists with learning disabilities by organising an exclusive exhibition of their work.

Charity Film Oxford has assisted Shadowlight Artists, a group of independent artists and painters with learning disabilities based in Oxford, since 2008.

In collaboration with Modern Art Oxford, the charity recently helped to organise a week-long exhibition of the group’s work – and this is not the first time that their work has caught the public’s eye.

Working predominantly with digital forms, the group of six have produced work which has piqued interest both in the UK and overseas – from sculptures and paintings to film and theatrical productions.

Richard Duriez, of Film Oxford, said: “Film Oxford sought out and found this talented group of artists with learning disabilities living in Oxfordshire, and supported them to come together to create new work and exhibit.

“Formed in 2008, they have built a growing local, national and international profile with screenings of their [film-based] work in London, New York, Toronto, Mexico and more.

“The main purpose of the group is to assist artists with learning disabilities to break into the mainstream, raising the profile of all people with such disabilities”.