St Clare Hospice set to host art exhibition at The Gibberd Gallery

Charity / Fri 16th Feb 2018 at 10:36am

St Clare Hospice will be hosting an Art Exhibition to showcase a selection of their patients’ art and raising awareness of the variety of creative and therapeutic services offered by the charity.

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Art Exhibition

Taking place in the Gibberd Gallery at Harlow Civic Centre from Friday 16th March to Friday 23rd March 2018, the free exhibition will feature a range of paintings, sculptures and art pieces created by St Clare Hospice patients.

Many of the art pieces have been created during the creative and therapeutic sessions which the charity offers, free of charge, to local people who are living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. Creative groups form an important part of the charity’s Day Therapy service for outpatients to the hospice, and provide a safe space for people to relax, ‘switch-off’ from their illness and take enjoyment from the therapeutic nature of art.

St Clare Community Fundraising Lead, Dani De’ath, is organising the Art Exhibition and said “We are delighted to be showcasing the wealth of artistic talent that our patients have demonstrated, and to be sharing their work with our community. Art is made to be shared and enjoyed, and so we are excited to be able to put this event on for our local supporters. Our patients have a wealth of artistic talent, with pieces in the exhibition ranging from beautiful floral watercolours to more abstract sculptures and collages. We are looking forward to welcoming people into the exhibition and sharing the wealth of talent of our patients, with our community.”

One of the patients who will be exhibiting at the event, Jennifer Steadman, commented on taking part in St Clare’s creative group: “In the creative sessions you literally forget why you are at the Hospice. You just know that you are having fun, and getting messy with the paints! For those two hours you just completely forget everything else. We are all just in the art room enjoying ourselves, exchanging views and ideas in fun surroundings – completely forgetting everything else that is going on in our lives for that moment. I go to the creative classes and I can just sit there and create! I may not be able to make a work of art – but I thoroughly enjoy making it. It’s the process that matters. It is about mentally switching off from your illness – and I think that is what’s important.”

The St Clare Art Exhibition is taking place in the Gibberd Gallery, Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow, CM20 1WG from Friday 16th March to Friday 23rd March. The Gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.45pm and on Saturday from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Entry to the exhibition is free. You can find more information on their website here: https://stclarehospice.org.uk/event/art-exhibition/

For more information on this event, please get in touch with St Clare Community Fundraising Lead, Dani De’ath on 01279 or email [email protected]

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