Defined by their abilities not their disabilities – talented Basingstoke artists launch first public exhibition

Basingstoke Discovery Centre will play host to a group of 15 talented Basingstoke artists with physical disabilities who will be displaying their work for the first time in the town at a free exhibition

Mar 10 2017

The event will feature works by adults from Audleys Resource Service – a day centre in Alton Road for adults with physical disabilities – and showcase a wide array of techniques, materials and mediums.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said: “I am proud that this remarkable group of artists, all of whom are supported by Hampshire County Council, have the chance to express themselves creatively and show that they are not defined by their physical disability, but rather by their abilities. I am sure the exhibition will inspire everyone visiting the Discovery Centre, and will be the first of many for this talented group.”

Audleys Resource Service aims to help people express themselves, develop their passions and their self-confidence through a range of daily activities. The centre has a strong track record of encouraging artistic expression through dedicated classes and groups spanning 20 years.

The exhibition starts on Tuesday 14 March from 11.30am and runs for three weeks.

The pieces will include sculpture, painting and pen work, as well as some examples of stop motion animation using real objects such as clothes and Lego.

Andrew Denton from Audleys, said: “This exhibition aims to show that even though those who have created the art have a physical disability, their art is boundless. Lots of works have always been displayed in the Audleys building, to family and friends, but now we’re ready to take it to a wider audience. We hope it will be of interest to and inspire visitors to the Discovery Centre.”