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Arts festival helps vulnerable people shine

Cllr McLaughlin
Cllr McLaughlin with the mosaic produced by patients at Hollins Park Hospital.
Published: Monday, 10th June 2019

Art work produced as part of the Get Creative festival has been praised for giving vulnerable people opportunities to share their talents.

The council’s cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, Cllr Maureen McLaughlin viewed artworks created as part of the festival at the Gateway.

The stunning artwork is the result of special workshops held across the borough during Get Creative which ran from 11 – 19 May.

Projects include:

  • James Lee House – Tile printing and art works produced by residents at their weekly art workshop.
  • Hollins Park Hospital – A mosaic of tiles created by patient, charting their journey to recovery.
  • BloomingArt – Sketches of some of the collections from Warrington Museum, trees in Queens Gardens and various children’s arts and crafts groups.
  • Holy Trinity Church – Work of children from a local nursery who took part in silk painting and stain glass workshops in the church.

Cllr McLaughlin said, “It’s great to see the achievements and creativity of communities across Warrington. These art projects are a great example of the power of art to help some of our most vulnerable residents unlock their creative potential.

“It’s fantastic that Get Creative was able to reach out to and inspire such a wide range of people and give them the opportunity to showcase their work and share some really important messages. These kinds of projects can be invaluable in enriching the lives of our vulnerable residents.”

The Get Creative festival is an annual, UK event led by BBC to get local communities to interact and hold different creative workshops for residents. Workshops are aimed at inspiring people to get involved whatever level they may be at, and most sessions are free.

This year was the second time Warrington has joined in, with many hugely successful workshops and sessions being held around the boroughs. A number of organisations including Culture Warrington, Bloomingart, Holy Trinity Church, LifeTime, Hollins Park Hospital, LiveWire and James Lee House hosted over 50 events.