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Weʼre raising £2,500 to Offer Remembrance to Russell Ronnelly Jones, a talented Artist. Host a Benefit Exhibition featuring Art by Ronnelly. Big Up Disability Arts.

Brighton, UK

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I work to support vulnerable artists. Russell Ronnelly Jones was an amazing artist and a quiet, humble man. Often isolated, Russell struggled with a mental health diagnosis and depression. I had the pleasure of working with Russell for 16 years; for 7 of these in collaboration with Brighton's Royal Pavilion & Museums, supporting local Community Engagement. We shared a great passion for creating art. When Russell passed away there was no one to take care of his amazing artworks. Russell had only a few friends, some vulnerable or disabled too.

With permission from his sister (she too lives with disability), myself & my colleagues volunteered to save Russell's paintings.

We would love to give Russell a funeral ceremony fit for an incredibly talented local artist.

We also wish to hold a benefit exhibition to extend our project - to reach and support more vulnerable or disabled artists. Our aim is for Russell's shortened life to give hope and meaning to others.

The first 40 people that donate over £25 will receive a high-quality reproduction print of Russell's artwork.

Please give a thought for those that experience isolation and discrimination. Share our appreciation for Disability Arts. We thank you.

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  • Debbie Bennett3 months ago
    Debbie Bennett

    Debbie Bennett

    3 months ago

    Hi All arrangements for Russell's funeral are in place. We shall be meeting the Celebrant at the Woodvale Crematorium on Friday 28th September. We are all preparing personal messages, words that will travel with Russell when he is laid to rest. Give a thought and remember your special friend. Thanks again for all your contributions. You have all been amazing. Keep well, best wishes Debbie

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  • Debbie Bennett4 months ago
    Debbie Bennett

    Debbie Bennett

    4 months ago

    Hi All 35% of funds raised....huge thanks to all of you, your generousity is amazing. I will keep you informed as to future arrangements and key dates. Keep well. Best wishes Debbie

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Page last updated on: 10/11/2018 11:01 AM



  • Colin Hambrook

    Colin Hambrook

    Oct 11, 2018

    I loved Russells work and reviewed it for Disability Arts Online back in 2009 when he had a show with Creative Future called Unleashed.


  • Hilary Braatz

    Hilary Braatz

    Sep 15, 2018

    Thanks for your work Debbie. We had the privilege to host Russ for a year. Loved his kind, gentle manner, humor and fantastic art. Good memories and many of his pictures hanging on our walls.


  • henry sargeant

    henry sargeant

    Sep 3, 2018


  • Anonymous


    Aug 30, 2018

    For my friend Amanda who speaks so beautifully of her lost friend


  • Al


    Aug 21, 2018

    Thanks for doing this Debbie. Some great memories of Russ, many hours spent listening to new music he'd found and helping him put together his first CD's. He was a true artist. One in a million X

  • Lucy


    Aug 20, 2018

    What a great tribute to Russell

  • Alison Garnham

    Alison Garnham

    Aug 20, 2018

    I remember Russell as a lovely person and great artist.


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Debbie Bennett

Debbie Bennett

Brighton, UK

Professional Project Coordinator for Disability Arts since 2000. Facilitating the creative process for local disabled artists. Workshops/exhibitions. “Supporting a pathway for others motivates & inspires me.”

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