Emmaus Village, Carlton, showcases artistic talents of former homeless men and women

Emmaus Companion, Dean Frater

A free exhibition showcasing unique artwork is being held by Bedfordshire homelessness charity Emmaus Village Carlton this week.

From Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 August, a group of formerly homeless men and women will exhibit their own works of art at the Emmaus home store near Carlton.

All of the Companions are being supported by Emmaus to turn their lives around, after finding themselves without a home.

One of the exhibiting artists, Dean Frater, was rough-sleeping in Milton Keynes for a year before being helped by Emmaus.

“When I was homeless I used to sleep in the woods to keep myself safe away from everybody,” explained Dean.

“I am bipolar and so, even though I now have a place to live and receive support thanks to Emmaus, I still need to take care of my mental health.

“Art is very important to me as taking time to quietly paint calms me down.

“My work is mainly in watercolours and oil-based pencils. I enjoy nature and so much of my art focuses on flowers, including the pieces which will be in the exhibition.

“I have an eidetic memory which means I’m able to see something once and then carry it in my head, so all my work is done from memory.”

During its week-long run, the free exhibition will open Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm inside the Emmaus Village Carlton Home Store, School Lane, Carlton, MK43 7LQ.

Selected pieces will be available for purchase after the exhibition has ended.