‘What the Light was Like’ – An Exhibition of Art by Richard Sharland
26th April 2014
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Date(s) - 26/04/2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Unit 4C/D, Carillion Plc


An exhibition of art, celebrating the paintings of Richard Sharland from 2003 – 2013.

This exhibition supports Manchester: A Certain Future and the Carbon Literacy Trust, to which 25% of the funds raised will be donated.

The exhibition is launched with a private viewing on 25th April and will be open to the public from 26th April to 6th May from 10.00 am til 5.00 pm. Richard will be at the show most days but if you want to be sure to meet him there, please email richardsharland@gmail.com.


What the Light was Like

About Richard

Richard Sharland is an environmentalist and artist. Inheriting both of these interests from his mother, Marjorie Sharland (1921 – 2013), he was first inspired to paint by watercolourist William Lyons-Wilson and Singaporean artist Sim Tong Kern.

He has painted all his adult life, making work in South-East Asia, North America, and the Mediterranean as well as in the UK. Between 1975 and 1980, he lived in North-East England and painted full-time, exhibiting regularly in Edinburgh, York, Durham, Hexham, Brampton, Bath and Leamington Spa.

A significant part of Richard’s environmental career evolved in North-West England. As Director of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust ( 1985 – 1994 ), Executive Director of Groundwork St. Helens/Knowsley /Sefton ( 1994 – 1999 ) then Manchester City Council’s Head of Environmental Strategy ( 2009 – 2013 ), he played a part in the development of environmental policies, strategy and organisations in the region for more than 25 years.

This exhibition is Richard’s first in Manchester and his first since 2002, when he held a one-man show at Birmingham’s Custard Factory. The current show includes work undertaken in watercolour, acrylic and collage since 2003, including a recent watercolour series from the west coast of North America. Richard’s ongoing interest in light, landscape and emotional and spiritual responses to place continue to be the main themes of his work. He has recently moved to the west country and begun plans to establish an art gallery in North Cornwall.


About the event

25% of the funds raised from the sale of work in this exhibition will be donated to the Carbon Literacy Trust to fund a series of small bursaries for young people aged between 11-17.

These bursaries of up to £100 will be awarded to a selection of the most effective and innovative Carbon Literacy projects submitted by young people from Greater Manchester. Details for entry to the competition for the bursaries will be published on CarbonLiteracy.com. From April 25th, young people can register their interest in receiving details of the competition by emailing lowcarbonfuture@carbonliteracy.com. The bursaries will enable them to become Carbon Literate and develop their own low carbon ideas in support of our collective climate-change action plan: Manchester: A Certain Future. The funds donated to the bursaries will be enhanced by the artist using Gift Aid and 100% of funds donated will go directly towards bursaries.

The Carbon Literacy Trust has been established and is being incorporated as a charity to hold the intellectual property of The Carbon Literacy Project, on behalf of the people of Manchester, and to support education and understanding of climate change through the dissemination of Carbon Literacy.

Manchester: A Certain Future is Manchester’s collective citizen-generated climate change action plan to substantially reduce emissions and adopt a low carbon culture by 2020.

The exhibition is sponsored by Carillion, one of the UK’s leading sustainable solutions and integrated support services companies.

What the light was like

A note from Richard

This exhibition would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of my friends. Thank you. In particular thanks to Virginia Harvey of Cooler Projects CIC for organising the event, Lawrence from The Framers, Katherine Greenwood from Carillion, Dave Coleman, Rob Athorn, Clare McGregor, Mia Hague and the late Amy Clampitt whose wonderful poem ‘What the light was like’ lent me the title for the show.