Malvern artist to hold his first major exhibition in 25 years - The Malvern Observer
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9th Aug, 2022

Malvern artist to hold his first major exhibition in 25 years

A BORN and bred Malvern artist is holding his first major exhibition of his paintings in 25 years.

Chris Lennard, who trained at the Malvern School of Art in the 1970s, will be showcasing his oil and watercolour paintings at Lyttleton Well in Church Street, Great Malvern.

The exhibition will be available to view between 2pm and 8pm on Good Friday and 9am to 6pm on the Saturday, April 15 and 16.

Formerly a self-employed professional artist, Mr Lennard began a new career as a healthcare assistant in learning disabilities in the NHS, starting at Osborne Court in Malvern Link in 2002.

He worked there for four years full-time, and another three years part-time while he completed a Bsc (Hons) at the University of Worcester in Mental Health Nursing in 2009.

Mr Lennard was a registered mental health nurse for 12 years, working in the NHS (Harvington Ward Adult Inpatient unit in Kidderminster) and in the private sector.

His most recent post was at Pirton Grange Specialist Care Centre, near Upton-upon-Severn, caring for people with Huntington’s Disease and Acquired Brain Injury. He worked there for six years.

Mr Lennard retired from nursing in February 2021 and has been painting prolifically since then.

His exhibition will include his many paintings of local landscapes in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, as well as paintings of the ballet and of jazz and classical musicians.

It will include many of his works from the 1970s up to the present day.

Entrance to the exhibition is free. Most of the paintings will be for sale, and any sales proceeds will go to St Richard’s Hospice, which is backing this event, to support its ongoing work caring for people in Worcestershire.

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