Tal­ent is re­vealed

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - By KRIS DANDO

A Mana Re­cov­ery train­ing scheme en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers to ex­press them­selves ar­tis­ti­cally will cul­mi­nate in an ex­hi­bi­tion next week.

One day a week since Oc­to­ber, vol­un­teers to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s hor­ti­cul­ture train­ing unit, Vail­ima, have been un­der the tute­lage of su­per­vi­sor Dusty Hin­dle for the Colours pro­gramme. They have been en­cour­aged to use dif­fer­ent medi­ums and meth­ods to cre­ate works of art.

‘‘Our trainees (many of whom have men­tal health is­sues) learn things like shop­ping and bank­ing, ev­ery­day life stuff, so do­ing art has been an amaz­ing chance for them to learn an­other skill and some­thing about them­selves,’’ says Ms Hin­dle.

‘‘Do­ing art is not for ev­ery­one but the guys that have stuck at it have pro­duced some stun­ning works, they could do this for a full­time ca­reer.’’

Aside from the paint, all the boards, can­vases and frames have been re­cy­cled from Trash Palace. A grant from the Creative Com­mu­ni­ties scheme helps pay for other ma­te­ri­als.

Trainee Craig Wil­liams shocked him­self with his ef­forts.

‘‘It’s fun and makes me feel happy, I loved learn­ing a new skill,’’ he said.

Char­lotte Wordsworth, mean­while, said com­plet­ing a paint­ing gave her ‘‘ a sense of real ac­com­plish­ment’’.

The ex­hi­bi­tion and sale will see 100 works by 20 fledg­ling artists up for grabs, mostly acrylic and pas­tel paint­ings.

It is on next Tues­day, May 29, from 5pm to 7.30pm at Mana Re­cov­ery, 3 Hall Rd, in the old Porirua Hospi­tal grounds.

‘‘Peo­ple should come for a look – we’ve been re­al­is­tic with prices and plenty of these pieces would not look out of place on a liv­ing room or lounge wall,’’ Ms Hin­dle said.

World of colour: Craig Wil­liams and Char­lotte Wordsworth will be sell­ing their artis­tic wares next Tues­day night. They will get 50 per cent of any­thing that sells, the re­main­der go­ing back to help fund the Colours pro­gramme.

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