A budding artist from Horbury who received a £500 grant from WDH to help showcase his work is now exhibiting 10 of his paintings for the first time.
Philip Dabbs, 46, applied for a WDH Foundation Grant Scheme after reading about it online. The grant, which is up to £500, is available to anyone registered as living in a WDH property who needs support to help them in their education or to further their professional opportunities.
Philip gave up work in 2005 due to ill health and has always enjoyed art, studying ceramics up to HND level. In 2010 he started painting as a way of getting back into it and in the same year he continued pursuing his pastime undertaking a Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design at Leeds College of Art.
Speaking about the funding, he said: “The grant has enabled me to display my work professionally. It’s paid for me to mount my work and also for my membership to the art house and unity arts – which has helped me improve my confidence. It’s also helped with art equipment so I can continue to create more work. It’s been incredibly helpful to me, and I’d encourage anyone who can see a need for it to put forward an application.”
To date 54 WDH Foundation Grant applications have been approved and WDH has paid out over £12,000 in funding.
Philip’s artwork will be on display for the next five weeks at the Epiphany Gallery on Tammy Hall Street in Wakefield town centre. Philip will be at the gallery on Tuesdays between 10-4pm to discuss his work.
Prints of his work are available to purchase by contacting the gallery or visiting: www.phillydeeart.weebly.com