Youngsters from disadvantaged homes were given a taste of the art of ceramics by artist Philippa Threlfall, renowned for her mural ceramics and founder, with her husband Kennedy Collings of Black Dog of Wells. Now that her son Daniel produces Black Dog’s decorative tiles in Bath, Philippa decided to offer her expertise, and her studio in Tor Street to encourage young people to take an interest in art. Following a conversation with Wells Independents’ Simon Lawder, they have teamed up with PROMISEworks, an organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable Somerset youngsters. “The first workshop was a taster session to see how the young people responded,” said Philippa. “I’ve always loved working with the young and it’s great to see my studio put to good use. Let’s hope that today’s session proves to be the first of many, and that others can use it to expand the range of arts workshops.” It is understood that Edgar Phillips, resident artist at the Bishop’s Palace, is also interested in helping these young people to learn about stained glass. Ali Hart, Caseholder for PROMISEworks, who are funded by STAR (Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation), said: “Our young people had a wonderful time enjoying new experiences they would not have otherwise had – and with so much personal attention. “At school the focus is on core academic subjects so opportunities to work in the arts are limited.” This initiative comes from conversations started at Wells Independents’ public meeting in July.
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