Ian sells art snaps

nrhn 150911 alfreton artist, Ian Jenkins holds one of his pieces of photography at the Croft centre.
nrhn 150911 alfreton artist, Ian Jenkins holds one of his pieces of photography at the Croft centre.

A TALENTED Alfreton man with an eye for a good snap shows off some of his work at a local centre for mental illness care.

Ian Jenkins, 39, of Nutthall Street kick stated his new career as an art photographer with an exhibition at the Rethink Centre, at the Croft on Slack Lane, Ripley.

Ian, who has suffered from depression since an industrial accident three years ago,

enrolled on a digital photography course at the centre. Since then, he has been selling his art over the Internet. And an exhibition last Wednesday saw more of his prints fly off the shelves to raise money for the photography centre at Rethink, which gives support to adults coping with mental health problems.

Ian said: “I’m very pleased with how the exhibition went, it was a great turn-out, one of my pieces sold for £100 so I’m very happy about that.”

Rethink Mental Illness community support recovery worker, Ian Robinson, said: “We work with 180 people in Derbyshire who have mental health problems like Ian and it’s fantastic to see what people can achieve with the right support.

“Living with a mental illness can affect all parts of someone’s life. We help people to deal with it through vocational support, education and life-skills, so that people can take control of their lives. It’s great to see Ian showcasing his talent and fulfilling his potential.”

The exhibition is open to the public from 6.30pm onwards on Wednesday 7 September at The Croft, Slack Lane, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3HF. If you’d like to attend please RSVP by emailing thecroft@rethink.org or call 07523 182905.

If you or anyone you know needs advice or support on mental illness you can find services and groups near you on our website www.rethink.org or call 0845 456 0455.

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