The M.E. trust officially launched in September 2011 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. By kind permission of the Dean and Canons of Windsor an exhibition of art was held in the Dean’s Cloister. Rev Canon John Ovenden LVO warmly welcomed over 100 supporters at a reception to celebrate the launch of the charity.
Prior to the event guests attended Evensong. In this wonderful setting, amidst the Knights of the Garter regalia, prayers were made for all those affected by CFS/ME and for the M.E. Trust.
Guests spent a delightful evening enjoying delicious canapes and wines whilst viewing the works of Arthur Manton Lowe MSAI and Claudia Brown.
The artist Arthur Manton Lowe MSAI exhibited watercolours which included many works showing architecture and landscapes around Windsor, as well as a special painting depicting beautiful Burrswood Hospital in Kent. Arthur is a former Eton resident and has exhibited previously at St George’s. He was conceptual artist for the award winning WRAP garden designed by Chris Beardshaw for the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show and owns a gallery near Santiago de Compestela in Spain. Works from the exhibition including paintings of London and landmarks in Europe are available for sale at J Manley Gallery, Eton.
Claudia Brown exhibited sculptures which illustrate the process of grief. Her emotive sculptures made from Perspex are illuminated with light projected from the base. This unique display creates a striking impression and gives dramatic impact to the forms. She is based in Hertfordshire and has a series of sculptures on permanent display at St Albans Cathedral.
The Trust wishes to thank both artists for generously donating 50% of the sales to the charity.
Thank you to all our supporters and friends for making the launch such a memorable occasion. The M.E. Trust is extremely grateful to the Dean and Canons of Windsor and to the Chapter Clerk and her team.
The event would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors.