All Creatures Great and Small Exhibition from 4-29 February



Kenya Comes to Dunstable this February


The spirit of Africa is coming to Ashton Square, Dunstable this February, when The Workhouse Gallery hosts its latest exhibition ‘All Creatures Great and Small’.


In addition to the work of local Artists, this exhibition will also feature the striking wildlife paintings of young, upcoming Kenyan Artist, Eric Mathenge.


Eric’s artistic talent was first recognised by Ivinghoe Aston based businessman, Clive Thomas, when he visited the village in the Masai Mara where Eric was at school. Not a gifted academic student, Eric was struggling with his education, but seeing his strong creative abilities, Clive stepped in to provide support; encouragement and mentoring to the budding Artist.


‘All Creatures Great and Small’ will be Eric’s debut in Bedfordshire and The Workhouse is proud to be hosting his vibrant work. His interpretation of East African animals promises to add a breath of Kenyan sunshine and colour to our typically grey British February.


The Exhibition opens on February 4th and runs until February 29th 2020. The Workhouse is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKHOUSE

The Workhouse is a not for profit business, which supports local Artists from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire and is proud to be part of the regeneration of Dunstable.

Our quirky, friendly and inclusive Gallery, featuring stylish original art and a range of unique gifts, is a special place where artists and art lovers can meet in a relaxed environment.

Our diverse programme of creative workshops, running throughout the year, gives the opportunity for customers to grow their artistic skills. We are a welcoming creative community, at the heart of Dunstable.

INFORMATION ABOUT CLIVE THOMAS

Prestige Promotions is headed by Clive Thomas, who started his career as a sports journalist with the Daily Mail. Through his sponsorship broking, acting for the likes of Pirelli, British Airways and Malboro he became known as one of the founding fathers of the corporate hospitality industry. In more recent years Clive has acted for private clients, indulging his passion for the natural world - devising and hosting accompanied travel to wildlife destinations from Kenya to Zambia from Galapagos to Bhutan and from India to Tanzania.


Clive, through Prestige and together with many long-standing and generous clients has tried to make a difference for the less fortunate in places where Prestige host travel events.


Through the sale of Eric’s work Clive would like to raise enough money to sponsor some Livestock Guarding Dogs in Namibia and Kenya, via Cheetah Conservation Fund, where lions and cheetahs are most threatened by human encroachment on their territories.


These big Anatolian Mountain Dogs are unique in that they bond with whoever they join - sheep, goats, or cattle. They treat them as "their pack". So a herd without a dog will be a good target for a cheetah or a lion - and the big cat will likely get an arrow or a spear in their side. But if the herd has a guarding dog, at the first sign of a predator it will give chase. The lion or cheetah won’t get an easy meal - but he or she WILL get away with their life.