Exhibition worker achieves dream of having his own artwork on display

Video report by ITV News Meridian's Malcolm Shaw

A man from Sussex, furloughed from his job organising art exhibitions, is now living his dream of showcasing his own artwork.

Graham Cameron organises exhibitions in the Founders Room of the Brighton Dome.

But after sixteen months spent painting while he was on furlough, he now has his very own exhibition.

Graham Cameron Credit: ITV News Meridian

He said: "I've always wanted to do it myself. And now thanks to lockdown, I've had the chance to create that body of work."

Many of Graham's paintings are striking images of familiar landmarks across Brighton and Hove, while others explore his experiences during the lockdowns. 

One painting shows the static caravan he lives in at Peacehaven, conveying the isolation he sometimes felt.

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"I felt so cut off from the world. I think that was the third lockdown and there was just nowhere to go. That was the lowest I got."

Graham produced almost one painting a week throughout the pandemic, honing his skills and broadening his subject matter.  

Lockdown artwork by Graham Cameron. Credit: ITV News Meridian

The artwork will be auctioned on eBay with a share of the money going to the Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival's charity. 

For Graham Cameron it is a unique opportunity to display his paintings in his own place of work.