Group sees art on show

The Percy Hedley Foundation's art exhibition at the Holy Biscuit Galley in Sandyford.  Pictured is Jasmine Wood with her painting and Chair of Trustees Nick Swales with Jenny Marjoram, art teacher.
The Percy Hedley Foundation's art exhibition at the Holy Biscuit Galley in Sandyford. Pictured is Jasmine Wood with her painting and Chair of Trustees Nick Swales with Jenny Marjoram, art teacher.
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TALENTED disabled artists have been displaying their work at an exhibition with a difference.

Children, young people and adults from the Forest Hall-based The Percy Hedley Foundation brushed up on their skills for a three-day showcase.

The exhibition took place at the Holy Biscuit Gallery in Sandyford, Newcastle, earlier this month and earned the backing of celebrated local artist Alexander Millar.

Tony Best, chief executive at Percy Hedley, said: “The exhibition was created to show the public the many and varied talents of all our service users, of all ages, within the context of celebrating local artists.”

The foundation is one of the largest north east-based charities that works with disabled children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and a range of complex disabilities – with more than 1,000 people supported through a range of specialist and unique services.

Exhibition organiser and art teacher Jenny Marjoram said: “We believe that creative art plays a vital role in the development of self esteem and self confidence irrespective of age or ability and as a result supports a positive quality of life.

“Many of the artists have severe physical disabilities and require support to help them create their master pieces and the enthusiasm was palpable.

“Thomas, an artist who has cerebral palsy affecting all four limbs, hopes the exhibition will inspire other talented disabled people to express themselves through art.”

The artists used a range of techniques including spray paint, ink, watercolours, collage and iMUSE, a technology-based system that uses sound and movement to produce unique pieces of art.