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Inspired Ceramics from Osmondthorpe Resource Centre 23 May - 24 June 2011

Published 23 May 2011

Ceramic artworks made by customers from a local centre for people with disabilities sit alongside some of Yorkshire's most historic ceramic art.

The exhibiting local artists, all of whom have an acquired brain injury, participated in a ceramics class run by tutor and artist Sally Bradley at Leeds City Council's Osmondthorpe Resource Centre. Members of the class visited the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds to gain inspiration for their creations, which are on display in the Education Room until 24 June 2011.

The exhibition was born out of a unique collaboration between medical research, art practice and community work. The ceramic art project was initiated by a BSc Primary Care student, Elinor Harris, from the University of Leeds. Her research explored the experiences that these artists have of planning, creating and exhibiting their artwork. To enable this, she collaborated with both the Osmondthorpe Resource Centre and the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery for this project.

Osmondthorpe Resource Centre provides a range of services for people with a physical and/or sensory impairment, specialising in acquired brain injuries. These services include, amongst other things, life coaching, access to qualifications, confidence building, relaxation techniques, art workshops, counselling, social inclusion and emotional and peer support. The centre is dedicated to offering such an invaluable support network for its customers.

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