An exhibition has been launched with a community artist to encourage families from south east Northumberland to spend quality time together and get creative.
Action for Children, in partnership with bait, an Arts Council initiative, has seen artist Nicola Lynch host 28 workshops at Ashington Children’s Centre, to produce a permanent exhibition within the building for families to enjoy for years to come.
The Celebration of Achievement exhibition showcases the pride and resilience of families living in Ashington and features a number of vibrant abstract canvases and 3D paintings, frames made from toys including Lego, cars and dinosaurs.
Nicola said: “I strongly believe that anyone can create art and I wanted to encourage the various groups to explore their own individual style and experiment with ideas which they embraced whole-heartedly.
“Together we removed the ‘fear’ from art which at times seems inaccessible, hindering individuals to embrace their own creativity. We unearthed some real and unique talent within the group.”
Gill Physick, children’s services manager at Action for Children, said: “At Ashington Children’s Centre we offer a wide range of support for local parents – from , to stay play and learn, childcare to universal services such as midwifery and health visitors.
“The group has created some wonderful art that will be enjoyed by visitors to our centre for years to come.”
Lisa Blaney, arts for health manager at bait, added: “The partnership between bait and Action for Children has enabled a group of enthusiastic and committed families to become part of an inspiring project.
“Through learning new skills and taking part together, the community has left a lasting legacy of their work for everyone to enjoy.” The project was jointly funded by Action for Children and bait to promote arts participation within South East Northumberland.
To find out more about forthcoming artist workshops at Ashington Children’s Centre, call (01670) 819988.