New art project to be unveiled in museum

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Images of Newmarket as seen through the eyes of five homeless people are to go on display at the town’s National Horseracing Museum.

A group of vulnerable people from the charity Open Door have worked with the museum’s resident artist, Paula Wilson, on the pilot Art 4 All project, co-funded by the museum, the West Suffolk Community Safety Partnership and Forest Heath District Council, to produce images reflecting their views of the town.

An exhibition of their finished work will open at the High Street museum on Monday at 1pm and will be available to view free until Sunday, July 27, during museum hours.

“They were taught in six three-hour sessions and they were saying at the end of each session that they didn’t want it to end,” said museum education officer Gabrielle Bell.

“It will be 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 in Newmarket for 24 homeless people aged between 16 and 24.

“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.