On 15th June RF's Creative Arts Programme, in partnership with Wigan Council, celebrated the permanent installation in Wigan Library of an inspirational mosaic dedicated to promoting the benefits of making connections within the local community. The project was funded by the Creative Arts Programme, and the mosaic was created by RF Service Users from Wigan Dimensions, enabled through Personal Budgets.
Renowned artist Patricia Lee led the workshops which created the stunning mosaic. She says: "It's been really nice because it's not often I work for a period of ten consecutive weeks with the same group and it's really sad when I finish something like this because I've got to know them. I think the mosaic looks fabulous and I'm really pleased with it."
A participant in the project says: "I feel quite impressed it's going into the library. I've had a really good time and I'd like to do it again. I am actually surprised with what I’ve achieved."
Tracy Aston, RF Creative Arts Programme Manager, says: "This kind of project really demonstrates the benefits of using arts in recovery. You can bring people together in a relaxed atmosphere and teach them new skills with the resulting artwork raising their confidence and self esteem by giving them a real sense of achievement."
For more information about RF's Creative Arts Programme and how to get involved please email Tracy at Tracy.Aston@richmondfellowship.org.uk