On Saturday 30th November The Mercury Shopping centre officially opened ‘Daniel’s View Gallery’ an art gallery space on level three of the centre. The gallery has been open for a few months now in conjunction with ‘The Big Draw’ after The Mercury won the ‘Community, Libraries and Participatory Award’ this year, but was given it’s official name after the sad passing of much loved staff worker, Daniel Jean-Jaques, who recently lost his battle with cancer are naming the gallery space on Level 3 after him.
The first official exhibition ‘Views of Havering’ will showcase work by award winning local photographer Barry Jones.
During his time in hospital, Daniel was always documenting his local landscapes and this exhibition will showcase some of the best views Havering has to offer. Barry Jones’ locally loved work captures the natural beauty of the borough and its nature. The exhibition will continue until Christmas.
The shopping centre also raised a massive £501 on Saturday with a fun filled fundraiser day with proceeds going to one of Daniel’s much-loved charities, Cancer Research UK. Daniel’s line manager Jon Guerrio says:
“Daniel was a very popular and very well respected and liked person, he was a kind loving hardworking family man who would do anything for anyone and would put others before himself, we set up this event in his name which he would have appreciated immensely.”