Event : ‘Toilet Twinning’ Celebration Weekend! Demo & Exhibition

Date: 28th & 29th May 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue : The Gallery, Brookvale House Oaker, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2JJ

Event : ‘Toilet Twinning’ Celebration Weekend!

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2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet. ‘Toilet Twinning’ provides people living in desperate poverty in the poorest communities on the planet with a decent toilet, clean water and all the information they need to stay healthy. It’s the key to helping whole communities break free of the poverty trap. The outside loo at Pollyanna’s gallery has been twinned with a toilet in Misibo, in the Pujehun district of Sierra Leone – and to celebrate Pollyanna will be opening her private gallery for a special open weekend at the end of May!

● Join us at 11.00am on Saturday 28th for the offiial (!) ribbon cutting ceremony and grand re-opening of the newly twinned loo!
● Pollyanna will be working on a demonstration painting in the gallery throughout the weekend, and will be happy to answer questions and chat about her work
● For a £5.00 donation you will receive a special fun souvenir magazine featuring stories of a slelection of the many ‘interesting’ loos which Pollyanna and Anna-Louise have visited in their travels to some of the remotest places in the world. Your donation also includes a cup of tea or coffee and cakes and biscuits, avaiable throughout the weekend.
● Enjoy a mini-exhibition of images of some of the ‘loos of the world’ in the coffee lounge!
Right now, more than 50 per cent of hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people who have an illness caused by poor sanitation or dirty water. Poor sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest. The money raised by the twinning and throughout the weekend will be used by Tearfund to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education. This vital combination works together to prevent the spread of disease. Children are healthier, and able to go to school; parents are well enough to work their land and grow enough food to feed their family. With better health, and more ability to earn a living, men and women discover the potential that lies within them to bring transformation.
In previous years we have opened the gallery over the last weekend in May as part of the Derbyshire Open Arts event. Because of Pollyanna’s filming commitments on Monday 30th, we are unable to take part this year – but if you are following the Open Arts trail on Saturday or Sunday you will be very welcome to call at the gallery!

Please note – the gallery will NOT be AA signposted during this event. Printable directions are available on our website, and do not hesitate to contact us on 01629 559851 for more information, or if you have any problems finding us on the day.