Young people with SEN display their artistic talents in new project

Release Date: 04 July 2017

Over 17 young people and adults with Special Educational Needs (SEN) will be presenting their artistic talents at a free exhibition this month.

‘Treasures on your Doorstep’ is an exhibition inspired by local history, mapping, craft and architecture. The art has all been created by children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and special educational needs and all are members of Transitions and Octagon clubs at Orleans House Gallery.

Octagon Club is a weekly art club for young people with disabilities and additional needs aged 11 years to 17 years.  The Transitions Art Group is for young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs aged 18 years or over.

Thanks to funding from the Civic Pride Fund and the Heathrow Community Fund, the ‘Treasures on your Doorstep’ project was delivered throughout the spring and summer terms with an exhibition of artworks opening on Wednesday 12 July from 4.30 to 6.30pm and on 13 July from 11am to 4pm at St Mary’s Church in Twickenham.

Cllr Meena Bond, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Arts, said:

“Orleans House Gallery has extensive experience working with young people and adults with learning or physical disabilities. Helping them to explore their artistic side in a setting that enables them to thrive.

“This programme shows the creativity of all the participants and I hope that they many will join the Octagon and Transition Art Clubs in the future. I look forward to seeing their art work again.”

Find out more about our clubs for young people with disabilities.

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Updated: 31 July 2017