He was spotted by ‘Windsor and Newton’ (Art Suppliers). They approached Les, impressed by his paintings and asked if he would like to work for them. Les then became Windsor and Newtons official demonstrator, often taking only 30 minutes to complete a painting in his demonstrations.
In 1963, Les set up Yiewsley and West Drayton Art Council. He asked Sir Allen Lane if he would be President, which he accepted. The Art Council then made Les the Chairman. He also wrote the constitution for the Art Centre.
In December 1964, it was agreed by Yiewsley and West Drayton Art Council, that they could occupy Southlands on a seven year lease at a pepper corn rent for use as an art centre.
Les left London Transport to work at Penguin Books, as a Warehouse assistant. From there he worked his way up to Warehouse Manager, and was praised for streaming warehouse production.
In 1966, Les was asked to art direct “The Tiger and the Deer” a historical pageant for the London Borough of Hillingdon. it was a fairly sizeable production. For this Les commissioned Pinewood Studios to make a model of the “Valcan”, which was the first train to run on the Great Western Railway.
When Les retired, he still continued to play an active roll in the general running of Southlands Arts Centre until the late 1980’s. He still attends “Les Artists”, the art group he set up in the 1960’s, although he doesn’t do any painting due to a slight deterioration of his sight. He enjoys the interaction, tells his stories, jokes around, and happy to advise if you ask him. And will always be very welcome here at Southlands Arts Centre.
Les Nind’s influence, contribution, dedicated hard work has brought the Arts to Yiewsley and West Drayton, and has been core to what Southlands Arts Centre means to us today.