One of the joys of being involved with the Burgess Hill Artists is that we get out of the blue requests to participate in local art events. In the summer of 2017 one request was from Mid-Sussex MENCAP to judge the Mary Wheeler Art Competition. Named for the founder of MENCAP, a keen artist and motor enthusiast herself, the art competition is an annual event where local groups across Sussex are invited to submit art works for judging.
It was a fabulous event and judging the event alongside Mike Duck, another Burgess Hill artist, easily became one of the highlights of my year. We enjoyed it so much that before the awards ceremony was even over, we'd volunteered for 2018!