About Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent is a group which works with artists with learning disabilities to nurture their talent in the visual arts and put their work on show alongside other artists.

Started by artists Ruth Oaks and Penny Frayn in autumn 2005, with initial funding from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme and help from the Borough of Poole’s Arts Development Unit, the group bases its Tuesday studio sessions at Poole Printmakers’ workshop, and printmaking is a large and popular part of the artists’ work.

The work is increasingly gaining artistic recognition at selective open exhibitions at Kube, Southampton City Art Gallery, St Barbe Museum Lymington, Lighthouse, The Peacock Gallery, Salisbury Arts Centre and elsewhere, and two of the artists took part in an international print exchange with Oregon State University.
The acquisition of a further lottery grant in 2008 has allowed Fresh Talent artists to be funded to become members of Poole Printmakers, and additional funding from Grassroots Grants has enabled us to extend the project. Since July 2009, on Friday afternoons, we have been running the new Fresh Talent Foundation Certificate Course which allows a number of new students with learning disabilities to work through an exciting curriculum of studies in painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and more. These sessions take place at Poole Painting Studio, above the Poole Printmakers’ workshop.

While Fresh Talent aims to promote the work of these artists in the mainstream art world, it also celebrates the great individuality and distinctiveness of their work. Each has an artistic vision which only they can express, often with a simplicity and directness which other artists would strive for.

Tuesday sessions
at Poole Printmakers’ workshop
Cost: £38 per session, to include all art materials and hot drinks
Friday sessions
at Poole Painting Studio (up one flight of stairs)
Cost: £19 per session, to include all art materials and hot drinks
Some of our artists qualify for direct payments.
For more information, please contact:
Penny Frayn - telephone 07973 858359 or
Ruth Oaks - telephone 01202 666428
e-mail: info@freshtalentart.co.uk