Vince Laws paints ‘Debbie the Sunflower’ for Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC)


Artist Vince Laws has been making a series of 100 named Sunflower paintings. While working on the project he heard the sad news that Debbie Jolly, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DCAP) has died. Debbie’s family and friends have asked that donations be made to DPAC in Debbie’s memory, so they can carry on fighting for disabled people’s rights.

Oil painting of a sunflower

Debbie the Sunflower. Image © Vince Laws

“I’ve been protesting cuts and the treatment of disabled people for 6 years myself,” said Vince, “I know how hard it is to keep going, so it really hurts when one of our champions leaves the battlefield. Debbie was largely responsible for the recent UN report damning the Government’s abuse of people with disabilities. I’ve painted Debbie the Sunflower. It came to me as I was painting that I would offer this to help raise funds for DPAC.”

Everyone who makes a donation via the ‘Donate’ button on DPAC’s website between 24 November and 24 December 2016 will be entered into a free draw, and one random donor will win this painting. Those lovely people who make a regular monthly donation to DPAC will automatically be included in the draw.

Vince will be showing Debbie the Sunflower and other work, including four DPAC protest paintings, at ‘Art of Norwich 46’. The launch is on Sunday 11th Dec from 7.30-9.30pm, everyone welcome, free, lots of other artists on display too, music, poetry, and song.

Then open daily 12-24 December, 10am-5pm, ramps and small thresholds, wheelchair accessible toilet.

The exhibition: ‘Art of Norwich 46’ Enlightening the Eye’s Mind’ will be showing at  St Margaret’s Church of Art, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4AQ from 12-24 December. Open daily: 10am-5pm. Free entry