The Red Gate Gallery is delighted to announce a week-long programme of FREE activities led by photographer Martin Edwards from 20th- 26th March 2009. The aim of this programme is to celebrate photography and promote emotional wellbeing.
Responding to the death of his sister from cancer at the age of 43, the work of London-based photographer Martin Edwards explores grieving and loss – and ultimately, the celebration of life.
The exhibition features six large-scale montages, based on the primary colours of the colour wheel. It has been designed especially for the Red Gate Gallery and is Martin’s first solo exhibition.
The programme of activities features:
• An exhibition of new work by photographer Martin Edwards
• A talk by the Samaritans on emotional health and their work
• An interview with the photographer on the exhibition and his future projects, which include his exhibition ‘Made-Up’ (showing at Red Gate Gallery from 3rd- 9th July 2009)
• An Open Day for beginners and students of all ages for photography
Says Martin: “Many people face feelings of intense grief and difficulty when coming to terms with a deeply personal event in their life – such as the loss of a loved one or coping with despair. “Colours” is my own story of responding to loss and ultimately to celebrate life”.
Note to Editors
Dates and Times of the Exhibition:
The exhibition runs from Friday 20th March – Thursday 26th March
Private View: Friday 20th of March from 6 pm – 11pm
Talk by Samaritans on Emotional Wellbeing: Friday 20th of March at 7.30pm
Artist’s Talk and Preview of Future Work: Saturday 21st of March at 5pm
Open Day for Beginners and Students of all Ages: Thursday 26th of March from 2pm to 5pm
Exhibition runs from: 20th of March to 26th of March inclusive
Gallery Opening Hours: Fri, Sat, Mon to Wed: 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Last day of exhibition Thursday 26th of March: Open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
About Martin Edwards
2 St Peter’s Close
London SW17 7UH
Tel: 07932 002312
Open Day for Schools and Art Enthusiasts- Saturday 21st March
Red Gate Gallery will be holding an Open Day for anyone with an interest in photography as a hobby or a way of exploring their feelings. The photographer Martin Edwards and the curator Yara Tschallener (herself also a professional photographer) will be on-hand throughout the afternoon to assist the day. Beginners and students of all ages are especially welcome.
About The Samaritans
The charity Samaritans will talk about its work and the services it provides on the opening night of the exhibition (Friday 20th March) at 7:30pm. Martin Edwards has worked with the Samaritans for over eight years.
The Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
“Being able to express yourself when faced with difficult feelings can be very hard. Samaritans believe that being able to share a problem, in confidence, can really help people to cope with whatever they are going through. We hope this exhibition raises the profile of emotional health and encourages people to find a way to work through distress, despair and loss – should they be faced with such feelings”- Shaun Kelly (Outreach Coordinator with Central London Samaritans).
Samaritan Shaun Kelly
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Central London Samaritans
46 Marshall Street
London W1V 9BF
Tel: 020 7439 1406
The Samaritans can be contacted in confidence on their Emergency Line: 020 7734 2800
Red Gate Gallery
209a Coldharbour Lane
London SW9 8RU
Call: 020 7326 0993