We're Nearly There
We’re just one week away from officially opening our art exhibition on Friday 31st March!
The exhibition explores the wonder of self-expression through the eyes of those with learning disabilities and dementia.
The exhibition will be open to the public every day from Saturday 1st April until Thursday 6th 10am -4pm with a series of family friendly workshops happening throughout the day on Saturday 1st. The workshops will include Music therapy, Photography (with a fun photo booth), printing and mural art with a visit from a local street artist.
"We really want to encourage people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to come and express themselves”. Says Clare Mappin, Managing Director “Self-expression, self-esteem and self-worth are emphasised throughout our work with adults with learning and physical disabilities and the resulting artwork is a wonderful demonstration of what can be achieved when an individual’s confidence and inner talent is encouraged. We would like to invite the whole community into our newly completed Bamforth Building, to look at the artwork on display and being performed, and maybe to take part and have a go themselves. There will be something for everyone.”
Entry is free, but any donations to contribute to the staging costs would be welcomed.
Justin Sheppy, Assistant Manager at Burton Street and one of the main organiser’s has had many challenges planning and presenting the artwork for general viewing in a large open converted factory, however after consulting with an artwork display specialist, who advised using: metal girders, palette wood and chains, a selection of images will be hung from the ceiling to ground, across the exhibition space enabling everyone to get a great view of the exhibits. Justin says: "Up until last Friday, we hadn't decided on which pieces would be exhibited – it was very difficult to shortlist as we had so many wonderful pieces to choose from. We were very keen from the outset to make this an event where we could also showcase the talents of some of our tenants and community groups and we are pleased that The Alzheimer’s Society have joined forces with us as well as Under the Stars and A mind Apart theatre company.
The creative arts are used every day at Burton Street foundation in our work with adults and children with disabilities and we see every day how this is a great medium for communication. Many of our staff come from a variety of backgrounds in the Arts, so we are very lucky that they have used all of their talents to encourage our clients to produce some very beautiful artwork and to freely express themselves. All we need now is for people to come and enjoy it.”