Hospice benefits from resident artist

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A Cullercoats artist has been working with staff and children at St Oswald’s Hospice to learn new skills in a special project.

Kelly Sheridan, with support from the Arts Council England and Helix Arts, helped St Oswald’s produce some amazing art pieces and treasures to keep.

Over the last three months the children have participated in silk painting, felt making, paper making, screen printing, making picture frames and various other textile skills, including using a sewing machine.

The final project was a textile Happy Birthday banner to celebrate the Children and Young Adults Service tenth birthday. 

Kelly said: “During my time working with the children and young adults at St Oswald’s I’ve introduced them to many sensory-based art forms. 

“We’ve found exciting and imaginative ways for everyone to enjoy the activities, and as a result of this we’ve made some really beautiful keep-sakes.   

Lynne Young, transition project lead at St Oswald’s, said: “The art project has been a lovely way for the children, young adults, families and staff to work together and create such beautiful pieces that can be treasured forever.”