Impressive art - and we did it our way

Art Our Way exhibition by Calderdale Council Adult Services at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Pictured are Adrian Ellison, Albert Brightmore, Darren Asquith, Dianne Wilkinson, Stacey Osborn and Rita Plested.
Art Our Way exhibition by Calderdale Council Adult Services at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Pictured are Adrian Ellison, Albert Brightmore, Darren Asquith, Dianne Wilkinson, Stacey Osborn and Rita Plested.

A group of adults who staged a joint exhibition of artwork at Hebden Bridge Town Hall have been thrilled by comments received.

Twelve adults with varying degrees of physical and learning disabilities who attend specialist day services in Royd Square, Hebden Bridge; Higgins Close, Halifax and Shannon Road, Rastrick, and are supported by a dedicated team, contributed to the display.

The work, featuring paintings and papier mache bowls, went on show in the town hall foyer and cafe at the end of July and concludes today (Thursday).

The exhibition was called Art Our Way and featured work by the group in the style of Van Gogh and Picasso.

Visitors left a selection of comments including: “Beautiful, bright and made me smile”; “Wonderful, vibrant colours, painted from the heart”; “Really fantastic, should be on for longer”; “Colourful, alive painting is the best thing I have seen here so far” and a host of adjectives including “super” and “brilliant”.

The artists are: Simon Bowers (Greetland), Aziz Tariq (Elland), Michael Jagger (Elland), Adrian Ellison (Sowerby Bridge), Micky Hopkins (Sowerby Bridge), Albert Brightmore (Warley), Amanda Judd (West Vale), Todmorden trio Stacey Osborn, Rita Plested and Neil Frankland and brother and sister Joyce and Trevor Haymonds of Halifax.

Dianne Wilkinson, integrated specialist day services care co-ordinator at Royd Square day services, part of Calderdale social services, said: “We run the art group every Wednesday and the group wanted to display their works. They are all so proud of the positive comments.” A wall hanging they created last year will be left on permanent display in the new part of the town hall, Dianne added.