Drop-in art club founded

Peter Layton with, from left, art project co-ordinator Jan Mason, Cafe 61 on Woodrow’s Lynne Silberman and Peter’s grandmother Coral Robertson. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423295
Peter Layton with, from left, art project co-ordinator Jan Mason, Cafe 61 on Woodrow’s Lynne Silberman and Peter’s grandmother Coral Robertson. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423295

Lockridge resident Jan Mason said the idea was to bring the community together and support people with disabilities to have different experiences.

Ms Mason joined forces with Cafe 61 on Woodrow’s Lynne Silberman and local nursing homes to offer people with disabilities a space to feel comfortable in making friends and expressing their artistic side.

The art co-ordinator said the project started with a canvas that community members coming into the cafe on Friday mornings helped paint to hang in the middle room.

‘The long-term aim is for this to function something like a drop-in book club cafe does, where people drop in for a coffee, relax, enjoy participating in drawing and art on any day the cafe is open,’ Ms Mason said.

‘It’s about linking and bringing the local community together, sharing and caring I guess is our aim, having a go and not feeling like they have to be Picasso to enjoy making marks on paper and having fun.

‘I believe there is a real need for there to be more low- cost/no-cost opportunities for people to come together in a non-threatening welcoming environment and expand friendship links, where they can experience different environments to hospital-like settings.’