Care home residents’ art on display

The Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley,  discussing the pictures at the Art in the Markets exhibition with Eagle House resident Jean Johnson.

The Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, discussing the pictures at the Art in the Markets exhibition with Eagle House resident Jean Johnson.

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ARTWORK made by residents from a Sheffield care home for people with enduring mental health needs has taken pride of place in a gallery at Sheffield Castle Market.

Residents from Anchor’s Eagle House in Stalker Lees Road have been working on paintings featuring their hand prints which are now on display at the Art In The Markets space in an exhibition opened by The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Dr Sylvia Dunkley.

Eagle House Nurse Jody Virago, who has organised the eight-week art exhibition, said the gallery is showcasing a variety of creative work, including sketches, paintings, photography. She said: “Some participants may be experienced artists with many years spent developing their craft whilst other participants may have only begun to explore artistic pursuits since moving to a care home.

The Life-Lines Project using hand prints formed the basis for this exhibition.

“Handprints have been chosen as the medium for communicating life stories because palm and finger prints are unique to the individual, not only from birth but from the cuts, marks, scars acquired in life’s journey.

“Hand prints are also quick and easy to do. They can be done by anyone, irrespective of co-ordination skills, concentration span or visual impairment.”

The Art In The Markets exhibition is the first of three organised by Eagle House. Residents’ work will also be exhibited at the Winter Garden for two weeks in September and then their work will feature in the Sheffield Showcase” window at the corner junction of Pinstone Street and Cambridge Street in October.