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£21,000 Win For Carers’ Art Projects

Back row left to right Taishie Riley-Harrison, Sarah Long, Rowen Ellis, Dan Nightingale and Siana Paginton. Front row Alex Bunch from the Carers’ Centre, Artist-In-Residence Andrew Henon with Anth Brown

Art is on the agenda at the new Bath Carers’ Centre on the Lower Bristol Road. Grants totalling nearly £21,000 have been awarded to help carers of all ages get creative with the support of Artist-in-Residence Andrew Henon.

Arts Council England awarded £16,000 and the Arts Award Access Fund provided nearly £1,000 to fund a 12-month project supporting carers aged 14 to 19 to achieve the nationally recognised Arts Award. “We run an art group once a fortnight and bring young carers to the Centre from across the area to work on projects,” said Andrew.

Eighteen-year-old Taishie Riley-Harrison from Radstock is working on her Gold Award. “I get to mix with others and we support each other towards success,” said Taishie. “The Silver Award allows me to explore different aspects of art,” said 14-year-old Dan Nightingale, from Bath. “You learn new things and help others to learn too.”

Bath and North East Somerset Council has awarded a further grant of £5,000 to transform the space at the new Carers’ Centre with an art exhibition for Fringe Art Bath. “Carers are working with artists to produce artwork with a “woodlands” theme such as sculptures in willow for the Centre’s garden, a tiled pot made by carers and their families as well as paintings, photographs and montages,” added Andrew.

To view the exhibition, drop in to the Bath Carers’ Centre, The Woodlands, Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 9ES between 11am and 5pm Monday to Friday from 26th May to 6th June.