Two Yorkshire Artists Feature on Channel 4’s ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ Show
Yorkshire artists Leanne Beetham from Hull and David Cawthorne from Castleford performed a great double act on the popular ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ TV show that appeared on Channel 4 on 28th November 2022.
With Steph McGovern interviewing, the two artists took it in turns to demonstrate their considerable drawing and painting skills (without the use of their hands) whilst fielding numerous questions posed by the show’s host.
Steph and her audience were hugely impressed by the quality of the artists work in progress, Leanne line drawing an Owl with a pen and David painting a colour image of a Robin, in a snowy, Christmassy setting.
Both artists explained how they came to be mouth painters, Leanne being born without the use of her hands and legs and using this method to create art to express herself since childhood and David, an ex-coalminer, who became paralysed in a rugby league game accident, when he was 18 years old. They also explained how the MFPA came to be formed in 1957 by a German artist, who had been stricken with polio as a child and how today, that same organization now has around 800 artists in over 80 countries worldwide; all able to earn their living from the income generated fundamentally, by the sale of their MFPA Christmas greetings cards.
The Show was seen by around 200,000 viewers across the country, which resulted in a substantial number of people visiting the MFPA website to purchase their cards.
Well done Leanne and David and keep up the good work!