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Valleys artist overcomes 15 years of depression for debut exhibition

A story on artist Glyn Brimacombe, who is about to have his first solo exhibition at the age of 49.
 
Glyn only returned to art two years ago, after fifteen years without creating due to depression and anxiety. Earlier this year, he contacted Making Minds (a volunteer-led organisation that I run in my spare time, that promotes the role of art and creativity in mental health). Glyn got in touch to see if we could support him to exhibit this work.
 
This was his only dream. He was creating out of a converted studio space in the basement of his home in Aberdare and had zero confidence to approach any galleries. We've helped him to exhibit his work in two galleries in RCT, alongside other artists. Now, he's about to have his first solo exhibition at the old pop factory in Porth.
 
What makes Glyn's work special is two things:
 
1. Glyn says that what goes onto the canvas is his 'inner noise' that comes with living with a mental health problem.
 
2. He uses UV reactive acrylic paint on canvas that gives the viewer a different experience when looked at under a UV light. It really does need to be seen to be fully appreciated.
 
 The exhibition opens on 1st June, with a special launch evening on 4th June.