ARTISTIC members of a Knottingley art group received a £500 grant to secure the future of their creative work in the community.
The Friendship Art Group received the grant from Wakefield District’s NHS Communities and Partnership fund and will spend the cash on running new and exciting art lessons at the Warwick Estate community centre.
Artist Karen Logan, who set up the group last year, said: “I am delighted with the grant which will mean we can buy new materials and hold more workshops for Knottingley residents.
“Being part of the mix that created the group was a very rewarding experience for me.
“The focus of friendship provided a rich starting point to create a safe and creative place for participants to spend time, make and talk about their everyday lives, sharing tea and home baking.”
Ms Logan has taught knitting, painting and printing at the group – which holds arts classes at the Pinewood Place centre every Tuesday – and been nominated for the Woolgather art prize for her work in Knottingley, which was part of Wakefield Art House’s Sites in Sight project.
The grant will be spent on providing art supplies for two printing workshops which will be led by artists Laura Slater and David Cawthorne.
Mary Gladham, the group’s deputy chairman, said: “This is the first grant the group has received and it has been a great success.
“We sell things we make at the art group in the community shop which gives us a little bit of an income but it all goes straight back into the shop to pay for materials and art equipment.
“We are very grateful because so many people of so many different ages come to the group and really enjoy getting out, being involved and mixing with people from their local community.
“We are going to work with the Art House in Wakefield to expand the activities we can put on and keep the group and the friendship growing.”
The first free printing workshop will be taught by David Cawthorne at the centre on Monday May 21 from 1pm to 4pm.
For more information visit the group’s blog at sitesinsight.blogspot.co.uk or call 01977 672726.