Art exhibition dedicated to anti-bullying to be held at the Trop

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:37 23 September 2018

James SB Richardson. Picture: Mark Atherton

James SB Richardson. Picture: Mark Atherton

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An art exhibition dedicated to anti-bullying will take place in Weston-super-Mare later this year.

Award-winning Weston artist James SB Richardson will host The Dream Works Exhibition at The Tropicana, in Marine Parade, on November 16 at 8pm.

The exhibit takes place during anti-bullying week and a large percentage of the evening’s profits will go to UK-based anti-bullying charities.

The charities are part of the Rise Against Bullying movement, a global campaign focusing on bullying, mental health and the LGBTQ+ community.

James will donate his share of ticket sales and 10 per cent of art sold on the evening.

Entertainment will be provided by three live bands, circus acts, theatrical performers and stilt walkers.

James said: “I am humbled to have my art exhibition at such an iconic stage as the Tropicana, to have such a wonderful team and the backing of amazing bands, performance schools and talents for such a powerful cause is brilliant.

“I have decided to give my share of ticket profits to a UK anti-bullying charity and 10 per cent of funds on all art sold on the night, too.

“I hope people enjoy my exhibition and everything it has to offer. At previous schools I was bullied so this cause is fully deserving of all money raised.”

James has received worldwide recognition for his artwork, with him being dubbed ‘the British Van Gogh’ after he had one of his paintings commissioned by country and Western star Anastasia Richardson in September last year.

Until 2016, James was a secret artist, with his family and friends unaware of his creative talent.

For a long time, he used it as therapy to cope with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

James decided to take therapy for his OCD in 2017, which has helped bring his art into the open.

James added: “I’ve suffered with OCD since I was 12 years old.

“The only outlet to occupy my mind was art, no-one knew, not even my mother.

“If anyone turned around and said it was terrible, I would have lost the only thing which was personal therapy for me, I sought solace in my artwork.”

Tickets, priced £15, are available from www.facebook.com/dreamworksexhibitiontropicana

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