Soft Touch Arts in Leicester Celebrate 30th Birthday

Soft Touch Arts in Leicester Celebrate 30th Birthday

The Leicester business community come together to celebrate Soft Touch Arts’ 30th Birthday, with their biggest exhibition yet.

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Leicester based charity, Soft Touch Arts. Based on New Walk, Soft Touch Arts have been helping disadvantaged young people in Leicester since it was founded in 1986.

To celebrate this landmark year and showcase the talents of young people, they will be hosting a special multi-media 80s inspired design exhibition with associated public and VIP events, all made possible with brilliant support from the local business community.

Rg+p Architects, Overbury PLC, Arch Creative, Morgan Gleave Art and Design, Newby Castleman, Betty Brown, Ventola Projects and Mocha Marketing have all pulled together to offer their services and funding to support the exhibition.

Sally Norman and Vince Attwood, founders of Soft Touch Arts, set up the charity from Sally’s front room on Upper King Street. They commented:

“We’re so proud of what we have achieved not only for ourselves, but more importantly, for all the young people we have worked with over the years. Now it’s time for the next generation of young people to take over the reins for the next thirty years.”

The exhibition will run from the 3rd – 26th of November, with a range of creative workshops on Saturdays for the public to take part in for free. To launch their 30th year celebrations, a VIP Private View and celebration event will be held in their building at 50 New Walk on the evening of Wednesday 2nd November.

During the launch event, the charity’s patron, Lady Gretton, Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire and the charity’s chair Gill Brigden, will be speaking to invited guests from the public sector and business and academic community.  The young people who created the exhibition will be in attendance to talk to guests. Soft Touch Arts is also running a ‘30for30’ campaign, asking people to pledge £30 in their 30th year to support the charity’s work with disadvantaged young people.

Gallery opening times are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 5pm. There are now limited spaces available for the launch event on 2nd November, 6-8pm, so If you would like to attend, please email [email protected]

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