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Artistic voice for homeless group

Mark Westley Photography
National Horseracing Museum..launch of Open Door art project display, Mayor Rachel Hood with Paula Wilson artist in residence at The Racing Museum with museum director Chris Garibaldi and Open Door artists Simon Hughes, Paula Wilson, Laura Harlow, Jake Gross and Rowan Garrett, NP Thor Crouch ANL-140721-190213009

Mark Westley Photography National Horseracing Museum..launch of Open Door art project display, Mayor Rachel Hood with Paula Wilson artist in residence at The Racing Museum with museum director Chris Garibaldi and Open Door artists Simon Hughes, Paula Wilson, Laura Harlow, Jake Gross and Rowan Garrett, NP Thor Crouch ANL-140721-190213009

Large posters of Newmarket as seen through the eyes of five homeless people are have gone on display at the National Horseracing Museum.

A group of vulnerable people from the charity Open Door have worked with the museum’s resident artist Paula Wilson on a pilot project to produce works that reflect their views and ideas about the town.

They were taught in six three-hour sessions and an exhibition of their finished works, printed on A3 canvasses, will be opened at the High Street museum on Monday at 1pm.

Their work was officially unveiled by Newmarket mayor Cllr Rachel Hood on Monday and it will be open for free 
public viewing until Sunday during museum opening hours.

“They were saying at the end of each session that they didn’t want it to end,” said museum education officer Gabrielle Bell.

“This is a wonderful 
opportunity to see something fresh and original, reflecting Newmarket from a different viewpoint and to celebrate 
the achievements of the artists.”

Open Door currently provides accommodation, food and training for 24 people aged from 16-24 at two sites in the High Street and Park Lane.

“They are a group of people who wouldn’t necessarily get a voice in Newmarket. We don’t normally hear their voice,” said Mrs Bell.

“These young people have come up with different ways of showing the town. It is a good way of supporting them. I think it will be quite rewarding for them to have their work printed as a poster.

The project, called Art 4 All, was funded by Open Door, The National Horseracing Museum, the West Suffolk Community Safety Partnership and Forest Heath District Council.

 

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