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Mouth and foot painter
Tom Yendell was born without arms as a result of his mother having been prescribed the drug Thalidomide during pregnancy. The youngest of five children, Tom’s parents were determined that he would have a ‘normal’ upbringing, striving to have him accepted in mainstream education. However, eventually they conceded that a specialist environment would be more beneficial and Tom was enrolled at Lord Mayor Treloar’s school. This was a decision that was to prove influential in Tom’s future career as an artist, mainly due to the charismatic art teacher at Treloar’s. Tom later took a foundation course and a degree in Expressive Arts at Brighton. It was here that he met his future wife Lucy, and the couple now have two children.Tom is still involved with Lord Mayor Treloar’s school as well as many community projects.
His latest initiative is TEABAG, a charity providing books and educational facilities for children in Ghana. He is responsible for running many of the Associations exhibitions around the country, throughout the year. Tom also organises the annual Artists Workshops where all the British based Mouth & Foot Painting come together to work, try new techniques and discuss business.