Young disabled people (aged 18-26) at Orchard Manor Transition Service, in Meldreth South Cambridgeshire, are currently exhibiting their Ultra-Violet (UV) artwork through Changing Spaces in Cambridge (6-7 Sussex Street) from Monday 19 November until Monday 3 December.
This is a first for Orchard Manor, a vision of Art Skills Tutor Vicky Fowler, and a real opportunity to let the community see some of the residents’ inspiring artwork.
Art is used at Orchard Manor as a basis for skills development, providing an excellent tool for self-expression and choice-making. The young people have been involved in a variety of projects including set design (for films created in drama sessions), planning and creating a sculpture trail and making cards and bags for fundraising.
Over the last few months the young people have been involved in UV art sessions. The studio has been fitted with Ultra-Violet lighting and work undertaken with various engaging materials, under the colour enhancing light. The UV lighting is especially beneficial for visually impaired people. One of the pieces created has been the large mural. The artists were encouraged to experiment with mark making using UV paints. This included people walking on, wheeling over, throwing objects at and pulling string along the surface of a large sheet of canvas which was placed on the floor. They also looked at using different methods to create a painting and used large chunks of ice, which they rubbed salt into and made holes in before pouring paint over and leaving out in the sun. The finished pictures are the beautiful marble-effect paintings.
Come to our open afternoon
We are holding an open afternoon on Thursday 22 November from 2 – 4 pm and invite family and friends to join us in viewing the inspiring works of art. Parking is close by at the Park Street Arcade car parks. Sussex Street is located just a few minutes walk from the city centre market which runs all week long. Combined with some Christmas shopping this is an ideal opportunity you won’t want to miss. We hope to see you there.