CREATIVE residents were given the chance to exhibit some of their work at a city centre art gallery.
And some of the council’s adult social care service users who put their artwork on public display have been awarded prizes after visitors to the gallery selected their favourites.
The ‘Celebrating Talent’ art exhibition, which showcased more than 75 service users’ work was displayed and on sale at The Funky Aardvark on Bridge Street Row East.
Bex Raven, owner of the Funky Aardvark, hosted the collection and judged the competition, with local residents voting for their favourites on Facebook and Twitter.
She declared a painting of the Eastgate Clock, set in the 1930’s, by Joseph O’Neil the overall winner, with Andre Van Thomas’ ‘Red Wood’ a close second and Alison Jones taking third for her textile ‘Rainbow’.
Special commendation was awarded to Minerva Hussain for his ‘A day at the zoo’ collage, with the ‘People’s Choice’ award going to Stephen Langton’s pastel portrait ‘Golden Girl’ inspired by double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes.
Cllr Brenda Dowding, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “This initiative has helped celebrate the outstanding achievements of some of our service users and care and support staff in services for vulnerable people across West Cheshire.
“The exhibition was a remarkable achievement in itself – for the first time locally the creative talents of service users have been displayed in an art gallery for everyone within the community to view and enjoy.
“Well done to all of the service users who took part in this exhibition, their hard work and dedication produced some fantastic pieces of work which have now been recognised.”
Bex Raven, said: “It was an honour to hang these artworks in my gallery – the quality of work was so high from so many talented artists it became an extremely difficult task to judge the competition.
“There were more than 140 pieces in the collection in the end from 77 artists and each and every piece was full of emotion and meaning. Well done to all of the participants and winners.
“Funky Aardvark was set up to make art and craft more accessible to the public and it is by supporting exhibitions such as these that we fulfil our goal. We are all really looking forward to next year’s exhibition.”