Spotlight on St Leonard’s Hospice

by Handymag

by Kathryn Craven

This month it’s all about art!

September sees the start of the St Leonard’s Hospice Sunflower Arts Festival, and there are plenty of activities happening in Ryedale. Visit Helmsley Walled Garden throughout the month and view York Camera Club’s photographic exhibition. Visit the gardens on September 21st and 50% of all entry fees on the day will be donated to St Leonard’s. On this day as well as enjoying the beautiful gardens and a cup of tea and a slice of cake in The Vine House Café you will also be able to try your hand at some still life sketching and take part in a flower workshop kindly supported by Malton Flower Club.

If gardens are not your thing, fear not! We also have three chocolate workshops hosted by Ampleforth Plus; create your own chocolate truffles and enjoy a coffee while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

An Art Festival wouldn’t be complete without an exhibition and this year we are kindly supported once again by Helmsley Arts Centre who will be exhibiting the work of Yorkshire artist Chub Perkins from 4th September. Chub usually uses acrylic on canvas, although he likes to keep an open mind, keeping his style loose and expressive. He doesn’t use brushes, preferring instead objects such as badminton shuttlecocks and kebab skewers. Chub’s art will be on sale at the Arts Centre with a donation of the sales made to the Hospice. I feel it is only fitting that I end by showing you some of the fantastic art created here at the Hospice by patients attending the Sunflower Centre where art is used as a therapy.

If you are an artist or member of a group/school who would like to hold your own activity or event over the month of September it’s not too late – please do get in touch with me.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Best wishes,
Kathryn

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