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Opening of Kreative Kollectiv

An international exhibition featuring artwork and photography by people with learning disabilities has opened in Warwick.

‘Kreative Kollectiv’, which runs until 26 September at the Pedlars Gallery at Warwickshire Museum, Warwick, is showcasing the work of talented artists with learning disabilities from Warwickshire and Germany.

The exhibition has been supported by the Warwickshire County Council Social Care Arts Fund and Diakonie Stetten in Baden Württemberg.

The Warwickshire artwork and photography has been produced by Active8 Arts and Funtography, both of which are part of Warwickshire County Council’s Community Support Service. By providing creative activities, the service aims to improve social inclusion and promote self expression for people with learning disabilities.

Asha Canning, whose work is on display, attends the Active8 project five days a week. She said of the exhibition: “It makes you feel good. It makes you achieve something.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe Portfolio Holder for Adult, Health and Community Services said: “The quality of the artwork is high and I would encourage everyone to come and see the exhibition.

"I am delighted that we are collaborating with partners in Germany to showcase the creativity of our artists with learning disabilities in an established gallery. I hope this visit will lead to further EU supported cooperation activities between us.”

The artwork from Germany comes from the Diakonie Stetten, a welfare and social services offshoot of the Lutheran church in Stetten, south western Germany.

Social workers in Warwickshire first forged links with Stetten in 2008 when they took part in an EU-funded project to share experience around community care. Staff were so impressed by the German artwork that was being produced that they suggested the idea of a joint exhibition.

Representatives from Stetten in Germany will be attending the Private View to celebrate the work on display before touring social care support projects around the county including arts, accommodation and employment services to share best practice with professionals in Warwickshire.

Diakonie Stetten provides services for children and adults with learning difficulties, learning disabilities and physical disabilities, the long term unemployed and for older people throughout South West Germany. 

Kreative Kollectiv is open to the public until 26 September and takes place at the Pedlars Gallery, Warwickshire Museum, Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SA.

Admission is free and the gallery is open from 10-5pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays.