A LONDON art gallery is enjoying the darling buds of May – thanks to a Chesham student.
May Saleh, 56, was selected from 351 entries to display her artwork, a painting of a flower, at Morley Gallery.
This was part of the ‘Inspired by…’ competition open to adult learners across the UK.
May has been attending drawing and painting classes at Chesham Adult Learning Centre.
Interim Head of Buckinghamshire Adult Learning Zena Sutcliffe said: “She did not win the competition as such but being asked to exhibit your work at the gallery is a great achievement. We are very proud that one of our learners has been chosen for this honour.”
May said: “This is my first ever art competition and I was delighted to be selected.” Her tutor Mary Pomeroy said: “May is very talented and works at her ideas. She is very good at sharing and encouraging others, as well as being a joy to have in the class.”
The exhibition at Morley Gallery runs until Friday (June 17) and brings together new works of art, craft and digital media created by adult learners from across the UK, inspired by the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
All the works on display were chosen by an esteemed panel of V&A curators, who also selected 13 works for prizes.
Entry to the gallery is free. For more information on courses run by Buckinghamshire Adult Learning visit www. adultlearningbcc.ac.uk or phone 01296 382 403.
selected: May Saleh, from Chesham, and her tutor Mary Pomeroy. Below, one of Mary’s works