Service users at Victoria House have participated in a year long arts programme, teaming up with artists Jon Keen, Sarah Johnson & Gail Hurst.

Creative producer, Jemma, chose Victoria House to be a part of the Artlink workshop which was created as part of the Creative Connections Exhibition. Everyone at Victoria House could not have been prouder to participate in a truly inspirational project that has captured the imaginations of everyone involved as well as developing their creativity.

The purpose of this exhibition was to help everyone in the community overcome barriers, form friendships and build confidence through creativity, reminding each other that everyone has the right to access the creative arts. Victoria House joined other disabled communities known as Sight Support and Danny's Dream in the area through their journey of creating.

Ian, from Victoria House said: "I gained more confidence in myself and I learnt anything is possible in the art world. My disability did not get in my way of creating such a great piece of art with such a brilliant artist who i see as a good friend".

Shirley had a positive experience and said: "I truly enjoyed the class and that it was very interesting and loved creating the wheelchair. She has discovered different art that she had not done before; how to mix colours and build things up. Jon is very nice and looked after us well, I also got to meet all the people from Danny's dream and Sight Support who came to our home for a joint workshop, it was a lovely day."

Activities Co-ordinator, Angela, thought "the classes were amazing. To see service users; Anthony, Neil, Shirley and Ian enjoying every aspect of Art with Jon was truly humbling and to be a part of this and watching them create such a fine piece of work, the wheelchair looks amazing at the exhibition. It got staff actively involved too, one staff member Kirsty even came in early for her shift to help Neil with his part of the creation. Everyone was totally engaged with the project and was excited to see the finished project. Jon the artist was fantastic with the service users and worked so hard with them and we cannot thank him enough for all his time and effort he put into helping them to discover themselves through art. Hopefully we will be carrying on classes later on in the year with Jon."

The Creative Connections project was facilitated by a grant from the Postcode Lottery Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery, as well as match funding from Arts Council England.

Here are of the exhibition and Workshop dates worth noting:

Exhibition runs from Thursday 5th December 2019 until Friday 6th March 2020.

Workshop dates: 25 January, 8 February, 22 February, 1 - 3pm.

Please feel free to visit and support our community's creativity at Artlink Hull.