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Dozens of individual tiles crafted by adults with learning disabilities
DOZENS of individual tiles, carefully crafted by adults with learning disabilities, have been used to create a ceramic art display outside Basingstoke Discovery Centre.
More than 25 adults teamed up to create 100 individual ceramic tiles, which form the impressive exhibit.
All of those who created the tiles are involved in the Learning at the Centre Project – a Big Lottery-funded project to encourage adults with disabilities to use the Discovery Centre, in Festival Place, and take part in a programme of independent living skills.
The project also gives users the option to take on a number of other courses, activities and workshops.
Each of the tiles created by the users demonstrates some of the different things they have taken part in during the three years of the project.
The group made the tiles during four workshops held by artist Jonathan Diorio, who helped to bring the whole project together.
The participants and their families and friends were invited to the official unveiling, where the ribbon was cut by Nicola Horsey, assistant director of libraries and information at Hamp-shire County Council and chairman of the project board.
Caroline Stelling, project leader of the Learning at the Centre Project, felt that the final result looked fantastic.
She said: “It’s a lovely permanent reminder of the project, which should hopefully remain for many years to come.
“Each tile is different and all show different activities which each participant really enjoyed.
“So there’s a CD, some coins which represent our money skills workshop, an easel to represent our art classes – all sorts of different tiles.
“It represents a real achievement for some of the participants and it’s somewhere they can bring family and friends to show them what they have been doing.”
The project, which has been running for three years, has put a bid in to the Big Lottery for another three years of funding. The organisers hope to find out whether they have been successful next month.
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