Major arts project by disabled artists opens in Inverness, Scotland

Leonard Cheshire art, Inverness

Leonard Cheshire art, Inverness

A unique Cheshire House Inverness arts project, Arts in Transition, which uses art therapy to transform the lives of local young disabled people with autism is hosting an exhibition at Eden Court Theatre for November 2015.

Launched on Monday 2 November, the display will feature a range of stunning artworks created through Leonard Cheshire Disability Cheshire House Inverness project, as well as a selection of artwork from the late, distinguished artist, Ena Baxter’s own portfolio and will open to the public for all visitors to enjoy.

The project, in its second year, is primarily funded through a three year grant by The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, generously awarded in 2014.  “We are delighted to be supporting Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Arts in Transition project, which is giving a great deal of pleasure not only to these young disabled people, but to their families and carers as well. Gordon and Ena Baxter supported artistic projects throughout their lives and there is no doubt they would have loved this exhibition”, Kay Jackson, the Foundation Manager said.

The Arts in Transition Project supports 16 disabled young people with autism aged from 18-25 at Cheshire House Inverness, increasing their confidence, self-esteem, and enabling them to communicate with their world around them.

Stacy, who has created a striking artprint, said:  “Art is one of my favourite things to do at Cheshire House.  I had to get an idea from my head and get it on to paper, and I turned it into a print of a horse – It looks lovely in the frame now and I’m very proud of it”

Daryl said: “I enjoy modelling in clay and playform. I have fun when Hazel [the art therapist] comes to Cheshire.  I like to try different things in the Art Group, I have good ideas and I get help to turn them into something I can be proud of – I like the model I made”

Service Manager Freda Murray said:

“We are really excited in seeing how the young people on this project are developing confidence and improve their communication skills through art. Many young people with autism can find the transition to adult life challenging but through this work we are seeing many gain greater independence to help them with their future lives.

“We have seen improvements in our project members gaining social skills and better relationships with other young people and their family, friends and carers.”

About Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of the world’s largest disability charities, and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Visit:www.leonardcheshire.org

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