Tonbridge art gallery exhibition helps African schools

STALK OF THE TOWN Night Grasses by Carole Robson is works on display

Tonbridge art gallery exhibition helps African schools

by Andy Tong | 15th November 2018

ARTSPRING Gallery in Tonbridge is sponsoring an exhibition in the historic setting of St Peter & St Paul Church in Yalding this weekend, which will raise money for the educational charity School Gambia.

There will be a wide variety of artwork on show and for sale from 36 artists, including several from Artspring.

The free exhibition runs this coming Saturday November 17, from 10am-5pm, and Sunday November 18 from 11am-3pm.

There will also be a Meet the Artists event on Friday November 16 from 7pm-9.30pm. Entry costs £5 and includes a glass of wine and canapes.

Karen and Tony Di Marco from Yalding visited Gambia more than 20 years ago and were moved by the sight of children learning outdoors.

Tony said: “We visited the village of Farato and under a mango tree saw a group of children chanting the alphabet back to their teacher.

PICTURE PERFECT St Peter & St Paul Church, Yalding

“We knew we could do something to help. In 1999 we decided to help build two classrooms.

“We now have ten classrooms and have increased enrolment from 100 to 575 pupils between the ages of three to 16.

“We are very proud that our first graduate year passed their external exams, achieving the second highest results in The Gambia.”

To benefit the wider community, they built a 25-metre deep solar-powered well that provides the whole village with water.

They also introduced a successful teacher training sponsorship programme, and have been asked to roll out their reading programme across the country. For more information, visit schoolgambia.org.uk

Artspring Gallery at 167 High Street, Tonbridge is offering a prize draw this month to win a £50 voucher to spend in the gallery.

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