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Galaxy House benefits from Arts and Health Mentoring Scheme

Galaxy House has been involved with a cultural mentoring outreach programme from the Whitworth Art Gallery. It aims to promote mental health and well being through creativity and cultural engagement. It has enhanced the appearance of Galaxy House by transforming a sterile and purely functional space into a colourful, homely environment which is enjoyable to live and work in and has encouraged the children to be creative in order to fulfil their cultural entitlement.

This has culminated in 'Who Cares - If you only see the illness, you miss the person' which was launched at the Whitworth Art Gallery where the artist in residence, Lucy Burscough paid tribute to the staff and children.

She said: "They were kind enough to welcome me onto the ward as their artist in residence, initially to produce murals for their living spaces and later to paint some of the portraits that feature in this exhibition. They introduced me to a deeply caring, thoughtful and positive environment that was a pleasure to work in and to help to brighten up a little."

Trust Chairman Peter Mount also attended the launch and said: "The work of the resident artist Lucy Burscough and the volunteers from the University in running the art club sessions is really helping these children in ways which ordinary healthcare cannot address."

The staff and children visited the gallery to engage with the collection and participate in workshops which initiated ideas for the 39 artworks that were built at Galaxy House. Two murals were created in the children's living spaces created by Lucy Burscough Textiles pieces were transformed into bunting and have been used to decorate the reception area.