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Lottery funding helps local art group

ARTBOX Frome, a service that supports artists with learning difficulties, has received £8,100 of funding from the National Lottery to fund more art sessions.

Artbox Frome was set up by local woman, Jessica Silver, based on the model of Artbox London which has been supporting artists with learning difficulties for years.

The sessions, provided by Artbox at the Hubnub Centre in Frome, allow people with learning disabilities to come together to make art and explore their own individual style, whilst being supported by friendly and creative volunteers.

Jessica Silver said, “We are delighted to receive this funding as it will enable us to keep Artbox Frome going. We started running sessions in April 2017 on a fortnightly basis. With the funding, we are now able to run weekly sessions on a Saturday at the Hubnub Centre. This will enable us to support more people with learning disabilities to explore their creativity through art.

“We had an exhibition in Frome in December which was a great success (and kindly supported by Frome Town Council). With this funding we will also be able to put on more events and are working towards an exhibition in Frome in the autumn.

“In the meantime, the Artbox artists will be appearing at an exhibition titled ‘The Craft Unit Presents’ which is running from 10th to the 14th May at The Bishops Barn in Wells. The Craft Unit Presents is showcasing a collection of art and crafts made by people with learning disabilities, as well as hosting workshops and performances.

“We will also have a stall at the Frome Independent Market in May with a range of prints and products produced using the artists artwork. The profits from sales are split 50:50 with the artists and Artbox.”

To get involved with Artbox Frome as a volunteer,  or to find out more information, contact them on info@artboxfrome.org or via their website www. artboxfrome.org.

The Big Lottery Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. £950,000 from National Lottery Players was awarded to 57 community projects across Somerset. Every week, it gives out over £13million across the country to fund bright ideas, big or small. To find out more visit www.biglottery fund.org.uk.   

Above: Artbox artists

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