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Exhibition and workshops – Blank Canvas heads to Our House this July

Our House Community Hub are proud to announce the arrival of their Exhibition and workshops – Blank Canvas, this July.

The event which takes place 24th July at the hub on Heathcote Road, will be a celebration of local artists to help people learn to express themselves, their emotions and improve their mental health.

The team behind Our House explained:

The majority of people have struggled during the lockdowns, but it was the people that kept us going. On social media it was the posts, tweets, paintings, drawings, poems, paintings, books…these were all inspiring.

“These inspiring people are our neighbours, our community, hero’s saving lives and they don’t even know the impact they are having.

“We wanted to let those people know how they supported me and give them a platform to showcase their work…inspire people.

“This was a perfect opportunity to use the expression Blank Canvas…your mind is a blank canvas, it has been reset by the pandemic…start something new, learn alternative ways to express yourself, your emotions and improve mental health.”

Exhibition and workshops – Blank Canvas heads to Our House this July
Exhibition and workshops – Blank Canvas heads to Our House this July

Local artists taking part include:

Natalie Reeves-Billing

 Natalie is a Liverpool lass with a wicked sense of humour. She writes fantastical stories for young audiences and dabbles in poetry and fiction.  Her mission is to develop enriched reading and learning systems, using creativity and storytelling as a tool for healing, learning, and personal growth. 

Emma Case

Emma is a photographer specialising in projects that explore home, memory and place. Focusing particularly on nostalgia and the ‘everyday’, Emma is interested in working with individuals and communities, working collectively, and building real relationships over time. Collecting photographs, stories and documenting change.

Nostalgia and memory are a strong focus within her work.  She is interested in the relationship between how our memories and stories have shaped us and the connection to how our current memories are now made.

Clare Gardner

Clare is a self-taught artist. Clare has always done commissions for friends and family and a few years ago Clare launched a small business customising trainers on Instagram and Twitter. Clare is a wife and mother of three boys, and they are huge fans of Liverpool FC. Most of Clare’s portraits are done with colour pencil.

 Michael Dullaghan

Michael is a lifelong Everton fan.  He found social media fame when posting heartfelt messages asking for more friends.

The post was shown to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, who sent a letter along with a hamper of merchandise, and on his birthday a signed and framed Everton shirt with his name on the back. Michael inspires so many with his love for painting and has sold is paintings worldwide. 

Mary Carr

Mary is a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist with a passion for art and the use of the arts for health and wellbeing. Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Words can lose their meaning, but art can help those who are experiencing difficulties in their lives gain greater understanding of what may be driving their thoughts and feelings and to move towards positive change. Art and creativity really can transform lives and Art Therapy can offer an alternative yet powerful and effective means for us to connect with and to share our own life stories.

Yoni Weisberg

 Yoni has been in love with film since he secretly watched A Nightmare on Elm Street when he was 7 and it scared the life out of him. Yoni wound up studying film & graphic design. Specialised in camera and lighting, he realised that he was much more interested in people. Some of his films have been screened and won awards at festivals.

Matthew Jacobson

Matthew is a gifted local Author and Music Writer.

In 2017, Matthew released his debut book, Pieces of Morrissey – a full analysis of his, and his fellow fans obsession with the influential singer/songwriter. The book received glowing tributes from the music world.

Successful book launches in Manchester/London proved a huge success, Matthew was then invited to London for an interview with Rock and Roll Book Club with a live audience. Matthew has appeared on numerous radio stations/TV features on The Smiths/Morrissey. And also curated two nights at the British Music Experience – celebrating the music of The Smiths/Morrissey.    

Matthew’s latest series, ‘On the Streets I Ran’ and articles have received glowing feedback from local media.

Iroro Azanuwha

Iroro is a photographer. Poet. Videographer. Group facilitator. He is passionate about photography and videography in particular using it as a platform to communicate individual narratives. He strongly believes that photography and videography can be used as a platform to enhance mental wellbeing by providing an outlet and the skills to encourage people to be conscious and present within the moment but focus attention through the lens rather than the overwhelming surroundings of current situations of life. 

Rachel Gaskell

Rachel is an artist and emotion seeker through creativity. Rachel travels through Fairy Tales and Wild Stories which are driven by being a survivor of personal trauma. Finding magic and peace through creativity

For further information visit www.ourhouse-walton.co.uk/blank-canvas

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