Art event helps Norwich’s vulnerable adults

Photograph shows OPEN’s Maisie Payne working on her joint creation with Anmar Mirza with Liam Clark

Photograph shows OPEN’s Maisie Payne working on her joint creation with Anmar Mirza with Liam Clark in the background (at St Andrew’s Church, Bridewell Alley, Norwich - Credit: Archant

A exciting art project to pair six professional artists with six vulnerable adults is producing unique collaborative pieces due to be displayed in two weeks' time.

LEAP, a social enterprise committed to supporting vulnerable, homeless and disadvantaged adults, has teamed up with Norwich gallery Moosey art to deliver the art project, called Collaborate.

The artwork produced will be displayed throughout the Norwich Lanes from May 12 to 25.

The pieces will be auctioned at Moosey Art on May 26 with all proceeds being reinvested into LEAP and the Open Youth Trust, another support-giving charity, funding them to continue in their work.

Founder and director of LEAP, Barry Allard, said: 'Art has a way of inspiring people to see new possibilities. This is the key to our work of supporting people to realise their potential.'

The artwork will be displayed at Grosvenor Fish Bar, Philip Browne Menswear, Frank's Bar, Sue Ryder Vintage, Norwich Gift Emporium and Moosey Art and a map enabling everyone to follow the trail is available on LEAP's website.

The LEAP clients taking part range from aspiring artists to painting novices. Maisie Payne, who has dreams of being a professional artist, extolled the experience of working with artist Anmar Mirza as 'a dream'.

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The Collaborate project is aiming to create unique artwork to bring more recognition to the great work of the already highly praised LEAP and Open foundations.

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