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Special exhibition of older people's work to open in Paisley

A special exhibition of artwork produced by older people is to open in Paisley next week.

“Memories” is an original collection of multimedia artwork created by older people who take part in Impact Arts' Craft Café workshops in Paisley, Barrhead and Johnstone.

Following a launch on Tuesday 28th February 2017, the artwork will be on display at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries from March 1st until to March 4th, with members of the public encouraged to come along and appreciate the craft behind the work.

The Memories collection was inspired by reminiscing about childhood, wartime, family and nightlife. The Craft Café members then worked for a number of weeks on artwork of various kinds, including drawings, paintings, textiles, heraldry and glass decorations.

Craft Café workshops give older people an opportunity to work with an artist-in-residence on a variety of artistic and creative projects, teaching them new skills while providing a safe and welcoming environment to socialise.

Anne Marie Wilson is the lead tutor for Craft Café workshops in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

She said: “It’s really exciting for the members of the Craft Cafes to have this exhibition open to the public, and especially in a beautiful setting like Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.

“They have worked incredibly hard putting this collection together, using techniques that some were not familiar with before. They have created a fantastic end result for the public, touching on some memories that people will laugh and cry at, and enjoy delving into.

“It’s incredibly important that people are appreciated in later life, whether creatively or otherwise. Exhibitions like this one help to show older people they are valued, and I hope many people can make it along and see the skill and effort involved.”

The “Memories” exhibition will be open between 11am and 4pm from Wednesday 1st March until Saturday 4th March 2017.

The Craft Cafe is co-ordinated by Impact Arts and supported by FLAIR housing associations and ROAR Connections for Life. Workshops run in Paisley, Barrhead and Johnstone on a weekly basis. If you are aged 60+ and interested in joining, please contact Anne Marie on 07976623552 or email amwilson@impactarts.co.uk.

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