From 4 – 15 August 2015 (Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm), an exhibition of James Thompson's work will be on display at Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey. There will be a special opening evening on 4 August, 6 – 8pm.
Following his art training at West Surrey College of Art and Design (now University for the Creative Arts), Falmouth School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art, James Thompson moved from London back to his birthplace of Cranleigh due to ill health in 2003. He worked for a tile retailed in Guildford for a while, before redundancy in 2009 brought a change of direction. Still experiencing ill health, James was referred to the Surrey and Borders Art Therapies unit it Epsom where he participated in art therapy. His return to regular art-making was also greatly helped by a number of organisations: Creative Response in Cranleigh and Farnham, Richmond Fellowship Art Matters in Redhill, and the Lightbox in Woking.
James trained through Outside In's Step Up programme, becoming a workshop leader and devising a new workshop pack based on the work of Patrick Caulfield. He is now an Outside In Ambassador.
The exhibition is a result of James winning the Cranleigh Arts Centre Open exhibition in 2014, and will showcase works representing James' struggle with and eventual triumph over mental illness following a diagnosis of Haemochromatosis.