A small ceremony was held on Thursday, 20 June, to mark the end of the year for the clients of the Sunrise Adult Training Centre at the National Gallery.
Over the course of the school year, art therapist and instructor Mary Walton leads both Lighthouse School students and Sunrise Adult Training Centre clients in weekly art sessions, tailoring them to the abilities of each individual. Participants engage in a variety of creative projects.
Amongst other things, this year the Sunrise clients made a set of decorative paving stones, for which they poured the cement and then decorated the stones with coins, marbles and pieces of coloured glass.
The Sunrise clients were able to lay the stones along a path in the gardens of the National Gallery during the end of year ceremony.
“The paving stones will now be permanently on display and will be a part of the National Gallery grounds,” said Ginny Copley, education manager for the National Gallery.
The National Gallery offers all its art sessions to community groups free of charge, thanks to sponsorship the groups receive, which helps to cover the costs of the instructors and materials. However, the Lighthouse and Sunrise classes do not have a sponsor.
“Without a sponsor there is no guarantee the classes, which bring happiness, a sense of achievement and teach new skills to these groups, can continue after the summer,” said Ms Copley.