The Glossop-based charity Reuben’s Retreat has installed a significant piece of art that has special meaning.
The specially commissioned 6ft by 4ft painting, which took six months to create, was created by renowned artist Lindsay Madden, a long-time supporter of the charity.
The stunning painting will hang in the retreat and will be one of the first things visitors will see upon arrival.
The theme for the painting is a collaboration between Lindsay, who is based in Chester-Le-Street, and Nicola Graham, Reuben’s mummy and founder of Reuben’s Retreat.
Lindsay was introduced to the charity by the Hawthorn Gallery who donated two Lindsay Madden pieces to the charity in 2014. Since then the artist has been a big supporter of Reuben’s Retreat and her bespoke piece presents a children’s parade and includes elements that act as a nod to the charity and its work, as well as gratitude to key supporters who have helped bring the retreat to fruition.
Eagle-eyed art lovers will spot ladybugs and the number 23 – symbols synonymous with charity – as well as the retreat itself and Reuben’s brother, Isaac. Special touches also include icons dedicated to organizations and individuals who have provided huge support since the charity launched in August 2012.
Nicola said: “We are absolutely honored and impressed with the painting Lindsay has created for us. It’s a huge piece and you discover something new every time you look at it. Many visitors were moved to tears seeing it hanging in the Retreat for the first time because it’s so spectacular and poignant.
“Lindsay has already donated other pieces of her phenomenal art to Reuben’s Retreat and her unique talent for evoking childhood memories is such a perfect match for charity and the work we do. We are so grateful for her kindness and the tremendous amount of time she devoted to creating this piece.”
Lindsay added: “Reuben’s Retreat has a special place in my heart having created pieces for them as far back as 2014. I wanted this particular painting to convey the joy that can be found in retirement and it looks like a catwalk is hosting visitors as they come in. As it is set against a chalkboard style background I am sure there are elements that can be added to the room over the years as the charity grows and evolves.
To celebrate the unveiling of Lindsay Madden’s painting, Reuben’s Retreat is asking local schools to come up with a name for the piece.
Reuben’s Retreat was founded in August 2012 following the tragic death of 23-month-old Reuben Michael Graham, who suffered from an extremely rare and aggressive brain tumour.
Despite crippling grief, her mother Nicola wanted to help families struggling with complex childhood illnesses or bereavement, ultimately giving them a place to relax, recharge, remember and rebuild.
The charity has so far also helped over 1,400 people across the UK, in the form of counselling, bereavement support, family days, animal therapy, music and wellbeing, peer support groups, sibling support, family breaks and more.
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