A local artist who was born and bred in Malvern and trained at Malvern School of Art in the 1970s is having a series of exhibitions of his work – his first major exhibitions of paintings in 25 years. Chris Lennard will be holding the exhibition of oil and watercolour paintings at The Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2YF on Friday and Saturday 6th and 7th May 2022 (9:00am-5:00pm both days).
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 twelve years, working in the NHS (Harvington Ward Adult Inpatient unit in Kidderminster) and in the private sector, his most recent post being at Pirton Grange Specialist Care Centre, near Upton-upon-Severn, caring for people with Huntington’s Disease and Acquired Brain Injury, where he worked for six years.
He retired from nursing in February 2021 and has been painting prolifically since then. He held his first exhibition at the Lyttleton Well in Church Street in Great Malvern on Easter Friday and Saturday, raising over a thousand pounds for St. Richard’s Hospice. His exhibition at The Cube 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 works not shown at the Easter exhibition. Entrance to the exhibition is free. Most of the paintings will be for sale, and all sales proceeds will go once again to St. Richard’s Hospice, who are supporting this event, to support their ongoing work caring for people in Worcestershire.