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Colours - Red Gate Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MARTIN Edwards and Red Gate Gallery are presenting Colours, a new photography exhibition and week of activities about emotional wellbeing – from March 20 to March 26, 2009.

The programme features:

An exhibition of new work by photographer Martin Edwards.

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 Edwards’ first solo exhibition.

Speaking about his work, Edwards said: “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.”

A talk by the Samaritans on emotional health (Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm).

The charity Samaritans will talk about its work and the services it provides on the opening night of the exhibition. Martin Edwards has worked with the Samaritans for over eight years.

Samaritans provides 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.

As Shaun Kelly, Outreach Coordinator with Central London Samaritans, explained: “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.”

An interview with the photographer on the exhibition and his future projects (Friday, March 21 at 5pm).

Red Gate Gallery curator Yara Tschallener talks to Martin Edwards about his work. The interview will include a preview of his future projects, including Edwards’ follow-up exhibition, Made-up, which will also be shown at the Red Gate Gallery from July 3 to July 9, 2009.

An Open Day for beginners and students of all ages (Thursday, March 26 from 2pm to 5pm).

The 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. Beginners and students of all ages are especially welcome.

All activities during the week are free of charge.

Micro-Macro Vision continues at the Red Gate Gallery until March 19, 2009.
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Red Gate Gallery, 209a Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8RU