A pop-up gallery with artwork painted by adults with learning difficulties made an appearance at the Burton Street Foundation in Hillsborough on Sunday and Monday.
The gallery was part of Open Up Sheffield, one of the largest volunteer-run open studio events outside of London. The annual event attracts around 100 local artists to distribute their work to the public.
Because the Burton Street Foundation is an outreach service which provides help and support for adults with learning difficulties, the paintings in this pop-up gallery were completed by those who use the foundation’s services.
Jack Samways, a team leader at the Burton Street Foundation, said: “The Open Up project has given us the opportunity to get the message out that the people who we support and work with have artistic skills and are artists as much as any other person. That’s a really important message for us to communicate.”
“It has given the people who we support that chance to display their work, because they are constantly producing amazing pieces of work,” he added.
The foundation supports adults with learning difficulties in a variety of ways by providing a wide range of creative workshops encouraging them to express themselves and broaden their horizons. Some of the workshops include arts and crafts, cooking, dancing, singing, gardening and film-making.
Jack said: “We are here to support them and showcase their talents. Our services are very much based on creative practice, whether that be music, art or photography.”
By Lauren Davidson