Art Exhibition Fireworks - Transforming lives through art

Transforming lives through art

Fireworks and art came together at Malvern when Onside held their first art exhibition on the 8th November 2011.


left to right Antony Bridge, Ted Watkins, Ian Harding, Pam White and Rachel Barratt

Enjoying art has transformed the lives of the 12 people who exhibited. Having a shared interest in art and sculpture, learning new skills and meeting people has made this group a success.

Well known Malvern artist Antony Bridge attended a private viewing together with exhibiting artists, Onside supporters, general public and staff from Beacon Dental care where the exhibition is being hosted.

Antony thought all the pieces of art inspired by the theme fireworks were winners. He particularly liked the use of colour in Rachel Barratt’s painting called “Beanie hat” and Ted Watkins’ composition in his picture “Fireworks next to the house”.

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                                                         Artist Ted Watkins  


                                       Artist Rachel Barratt with Antony Bridge

The group meets every Tuesday at Worcester Arts Workshop where Pam White from the Garage Art Workshop supports the artists to create both paintings and sculpture. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed with the artists taking great pride in their work, often creating pieces at home too.

One of the artists described how there was a time when she would not leave the house for months. She now looks forward to attending the weekly art group and has the confidence to use local transport to get there. She is proud of what she has achieved and is now painting at home which gives her great pleasure.

Ian Harding at Onside said: “It is great to see people enjoying the art in a public space. The chance to exhibit gave the group a new challenge with fantastic results. This is one of a number of groups that Onside facilitates, and whatever the activity our focus is always to enable individuals to participate at their own pace, ability and in a non-pressured way”. 

A big thank you must go to Beacon Dental Care in Malvern who hosted the art exhibition and have been very supportive of Onside.

Another successful project has been the Beacon Garden to the back of the dental practice where, throughout 2011, an Onside gardening group has been working very hard to transform the plot. Beacon Dental Care has been very generous in trusting us with this plot of neglected land which project users and volunteers have transformed and we hope many more people will enjoy the garden in 2012 as it blooms.