THIS year sessions at Rose Hill Court, led by professional artists and supported by volunteers, have seen residents turn their hand to textiles, ceramics, painting, gardening and photography.
Keen to share their new-found passion with their peers and the local community, a group from Rose Hill (known as the Rose Hill Rebels) have been busy finishing their final pieces to take part in this year’s Artists Open Houses.
Among the group is Lanie, who has created more than 30 pieces for the festival which takes place across Brighton and at Rose Hill from November 24 each weekend until December 9.
During the weekly sessions she’s joined by fellow resident Tuck, who enjoys working with clay and has created 3D sculptures for the exhibition, which will transform the wall space in the communal lounge.
Lanie said: “It is nice to spend a couple of hours a week doing art in company, getting opinions and suggestions. Both Tuck and myself are very excited about being a part of Artists Open Houses.
“Most of my projects are mixed media: wool, buttons, paint, dried flowers plus anything which reflects the light. Tuck has very limited vision now but has created three biblical scenes using air drying clay which he then paints. Most of his work is made by using his sense of touch.”
Equal Arts’ artist Lucy Groenewoud supports the group each week. She added: “What’s been fantastic over recent months is seeing the impact being creative is having on the wellbeing of those involved each week.
“Having the opportunity to showcase their work on this recognised platform alongside other artists has given the group real focus and drive.
“Residents have been able to try artforms they might not have used before and exploring their creativity.”
The exhibition at Rose Hill Court in Rose Hill Terrace, will be open to the public over the next two weekends from 11am to 5pm.
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