A SUTTON painter, who helps those who thought they had no creative talent to paint, has a new base in the town’s Idlewells shopping centre.
Bob Lee is well known in Ashfield for running his Can’t Paint, Won’t Paint sessions in which he uses his own artistic talent to encourage others to have a go.
Last year, Bob entered a Dragon’s Den style competition organised by Ashfield Fair Share Trust, which channels Big Lottery funding in Sutton.
Bob, who has previously worked with adults with learning disabilities, had run the sessions on a voluntary basis but wanted to set up his own firm.
Although he did not win the competition, Richard Phillips, managing director of Ashdown Phillips and Partners which manages the Idlewells, was so impressed that he wanted to sponsor the project.
Bob now has a new shop in the Idlewells next to the indoor market, which has attracted more than 2,000 people.
Centre manager Andrew Wraight has also hosted a presentation evening during which more than 300 people who had taken part in the Can’t Paint Won’t Paint workshops received certificates.
Andrew said: “This project has continued to be as popular as when it started, with a high level of participation from shoppers and the local community.
“Can’t Paint, Won’t Paint has given everyone a new shop to visit when they come to the centre and a creative outlet where they are able to learn new skills and experience the joy of painting.
“We look forward to welcoming more of Sutton’s creative visitors in future.”