Cheshire House Inverness Art showcase exhibition opens at Eden Theatre

2 November 2015

Art at Cheshire House InvernessA unique Cheshire House Inverness arts project, Arts in Transition, which uses art therapy to transform the lives of local young disabled people with autism, is hosting an exhibition at Eden Court Theatre throughout November 2015.

Launching Monday 2 November the display will feature a range of stunning artworks created through the project.

There will also be a selection of artwork from the late, distinguished artist, Ena Baxter’s own portfolio and will open to the public for visitors to enjoy.  

The project, in its second year, is primarily funded through a three year grant by The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation.  

‘We are delighted to be supporting Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Arts in Transition project.

‘It is giving a great deal of pleasure, not only to these young disabled people, but to their families and carers as well.’

‘Gordon and Ena Baxter supported artistic projects throughout their lives and there is no doubt they would have loved this exhibition,’ said Kay Jackson, the foundation manager.

The Arts in Transition Project supports 16 disabled young people with autism aged from 18-25 at Cheshire House Inverness.

It is aimed at increasing their confidence, self-esteem, and enabling them to communicate with the world around them.

Stacy, who has created a striking artprint, said:

Painting at Cheshire House Inverness‘Art is one of my favourite things to do at Cheshire House. I had to get an idea from my head on to paper, and I turned it into a print of a horse — it looks lovely in the frame now and I’m very proud of it.’

Daryl said:

‘I enjoy modelling in clay and playform. I have fun when Hazel (the art therapist) comes to Cheshire House.

‘I like to try different things in the art group, I have good ideas and I get help to turn them into something I can be proud of.’

Service Manager Freda Murray said:

‘We are really excited seeing how the young people on this project are developing confidence and improving their communication skills through art.

‘Many young people with autism can find the transition to adult life challenging but through this work we are seeing many gain greater independence to help them with their future lives.

‘We have seen improvements in our project members gaining social skills and better relationships with other young people and their family, friends and carers.’

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Notes to editors

Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of the world’s largest disability charities, and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. With over 7,500 staff, the charity supports over 7,000 disabled people in the UK. 

About The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation: The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation was established in 1981 by brothers Gordon and Ian Baxter together with Gordon’s wife, Ena to allow the Baxter family to give something back to the people who had helped lay the foundations of their successful family enterprise, Baxters.

The foundation awards funds from Gordon and Ena Baxter’s private estate to worthy, well-managed charities and community organisations which are making a positive difference to their communities across the north east of Scotland and the Highlands and Islands.

Since 2013 The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation has awarded over £400,000 to a host of charities and community organisations working to benefit their local communities.