Art work goes on show at tourist information centre

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A CORNER of Whitby’s Tourist Information Centre was transformed into a vibrant and colourful art display produced by members of two local charitable organisations last week.

The Wilf Ward Family Trust and Dalewood House Trust, both care homes supporting adults with learning and physical disabilities, joined forces for a striking exhibition of paintings and textiles all made by residents of the care homes.

Dalewood House Trust decided on a seaside theme, complete with paintings of stormy seas and seagulls, and even real shells and stones were included when creating these dramatic scenes of the coastline.

The three members of Wilf Ward Family Trust however chose an entirely different style, using sponges, fingers and even paint-filled balls to produce an abstract explosion of creativity and colour.

As Matthew Topping, of the Wilf Ward Family trust, said: “The main reason for this exhibition was to raise people’s awareness of what people can achieve, despite their disabilities, and give the artists a chance to express themselves.

The display showed a huge variety of talents, from knitting to sketching, and the photographs of the artists at work that accompany the paintings show the enjoyment and passion that went into the final product.