FORMER Bradford College student James Owen Thomas has unveiled his distinctive artwork for permanent display in the reception area of a national charity’s headquarters.
A series of images, which form a cherry blossom tree, will delight visitors to the Caudwell Children’s Center in Keele, Staffordshire.
James, who uses objects people throw away to make striking collages, showed his work to Trudi Beswick, CEO of the charity, which helps support disabled children and their families.
James, who has autism and has himself been helped by the charity, was asked to give a speech to all the visitors.
The artwork on display fetched £20,000 at auction at the association’s Butterfly Ball last November. “I was told that there would be a plaque placed next to the artwork with not only the names of those who successfully bid at the auction during the Butterfly Ball last November, but also how the £20,000 raised will be spent,” he says.
The charity suggested James use some of his old flyers, tickets, t-shirts and other decorative materials to create artwork commemorating his charity’s 20-year history.
He said, “What I can do with my artwork gives me hope that I can help others and I felt very proud when I unveiled my art.”