In the early 1990s, Mackenzie Thorpe set the art world alight and that flame is still burning as brightly as ever. His journey from a dyslexic child ostracised by his peers to an international artist exhibiting worldwide has been both extraordinary and inspirational. Born into a working-class family in Middlesbrough, struggling through school with an undiagnosed learning difficulty and doing manual work in the local shipyard by the age of 15, Mackenzie defied the expectations of society with a combination of pioneering style and unbridled passion. He now uses his art to regularly support local, national and international charities. All of his charitable work relates to important issues depicted in his art such as disadvantaged children, loneliness and hope. In 2019 he received an honorary doctorate from Seisa University in recognition of both his artistic endeavours and charity work and was awarded the freedom of the city of Middlesborough.