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What We Do

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We aim to help people who live with disability or long-term illness by providing Conquest Art groups around the country and encouraging many more people to come and join us.  Our group members find fulfillment through joining in, whatever their level of ability and disability, and experience a sense of achievement and satisfaction from exhibiting their artwork.

Everyone is encouraged to create from their imagination, develop their own style and work at their own pace in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere,   This is important, as a person’s disability can sometimes affect their level of creativity but many who initially doubt their abilities are surprised at the results they achieve.

Using our simple methods, newcomers can soon get that first line or image on the page.  From there they can develop their skills and try new ideas with help from the team volunteers.  For members with particular needs we can provide specialist equipment such as head pointers, scented pens for the visually impaired or specially adjusted easels.

 

Our Founder

Ursula Hulme MBE

Our Founder Ursula HulmeConquest Art’s Founder, Ursula Hulme MBE, left Germany in 1938 and worked as a professional textile designer and during the war as an auxiliary nurse in a hospital where she realised the benefits that art can bring to people with disabilities.

Having discovered self-expression in her training as an artist in Berlin, and possessing a real empathy with people with disabilities, Ursula taught her first pupil at the Middlesex Hospital in 1958.

As her work grew, people with all manner of disabilities began to unlock their creativity. With Ursula’s gentle guidance and caring manner, they developed their creative ability using new methods, materials and techniques to match their needs.  She established the Charity that became Conquest Art in 1978.

Ursula’s lifetime work is the cornerstone of everything that Conquest Art has achieved in the past and underpins the charity’s plans and aspirations for the future. In 1991, Ursula was awarded a MBE for her work with disabled people.  Ursula passed away on 14 January 2012. She took an active interest and was involved with Conquest Art until her death.

Our Team

Judy Sarssam
Judy Sarssam

President

Anne Bland Botham
Anne Bland Botham

Vice President, Trustee and Group Leader

Trustees from left to right: Rosemary Foote (deceased) , John Gumbel (Chairman), Charlotte Atkinson, Brian Tanner (Treasurer), Anne Bland Botham (Vice President and Group Leader), Michael Bryne, Lesley Lee (Group Leader), and Bob Jones (Secretary).

Tina McJarrow

Charity Co-ordinator

Our stories

Calling Potential Group Leaders!

Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people’s lives. Sadly, three of our group leaders had to step down from their role and we are seeking  replacements for our Dorking, Epsom and Kingston art groups. The group leader will be the main contact person between Head Office and the group and ... Read more

Sad News for Halesworth

When our Halesworth group reopens in July, they will be missing a very loved and talented member Agnes Thurston... Read more

Volunteers Needed!

Are you interested in art? Can you make a good cup of tea? Or good at handling money? If answered yes to any of these questions, are you available to help out at one of our groups? ... Read more