Workers’ Educational Association classes across Leeds will be exhibiting their work at Leeds Central Library from December 17 to January 14.
Community centre members who would not normally get the opportunity to exhibit their art and craft work are being supported by volunteers at Leeds Metropolitan University and the WEA who are helping to hang and curate the work.
The celebration launch will be at 2pm on December 17. All are welcome, but if you wish to attend the launch, please ring Karen at WEA on 0113 245 3304 to book as places are limited. Light refreshments will be served.
WEA tutor Paul Digby, who has been a practising artist for over sixteen years and teaching for over ten said: “I welcome the opportunity for students to exhibit their work. I am proud of Leeds as a city that demonstrates its interest in all kind of art, not just mainstream.
“The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics, and demonstrates the difference and diversity that WEA supports within Adult Community Education.
“Being absorbed in painting a canvas helps us let go of our worldly concerns for at least the space of the class. Art and craft classes also help banish social isolation as going to a group can give everyone a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves.”
WEA organiser Christine Sharman, said: “art classes develop creativity. This can be written into CVs as a further skill.
“Employers often look for this, as imaginative people make great team members – people who can see inventive solutions, where others cannot.
“Additionally art classes give the students all kinds of future possibilities, gained through the understanding of civilisations, which helps work towards a peaceful, inclusive society.”
All works in the exhibition are for sale.