Published Friday, 8th November 2019

The Lord Mayor will be joining residents living with Parkinson’s Disease to launch an art exhibition in support of the York branch of Parkinson’s UK.

The event will take place on Friday 8 November 2019, 5pm – 7pm, at City of York Council’s West Offices, and will showcase artwork created by participants of the Parkinson's Art Class, which is run for York residents living with Parkinson's.

The exhibition will then be open to the public from Monday 11 November 2019 until Friday 6 December 2019, weekdays from 8.30am till 5pm, at West Offices, Station Rise.

The art on display explores colour, pattern and mixed media, through water colours, acrylics, and collage. There are also examples of printmaking and clay plaques inspired by African masks.

All artwork has been created by participants of the York Parkinson's Art Class and all profits from the sale of the exhibitor’s art will go back into the local art class.

There will also be additional information available on therapeutic activities provided by the York Branch of Parkinson's UK, as well as advice about Parkinson's and signposting for access to help.

The Parkinson's Art Classes have been running for six months at Wigginton Recreation Hall, every Tuesday, 1pm – 3pm. Classes have finished until the new year due to the exhibition, however they will resume on Tuesday 7 January 2020.

Issy Sanderson, artist and teacher of York Parkinson’s Art Classes, said: "The main aim of this exhibition is to show what creative therapeutic activities can do for people living with Parkinson's. I am delighted at what the participants of the Art Class have achieved despite the restrictions imposed by the symptoms of their Parkinson's condition, they have really released their creativity.

We hope to encourage more people living with Parkinson's to participate in some of the therapeutic activities on offer by the York Branch of Parkinson's UK. Come along and see what's available!"

The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to support the fundraising efforts of the York branch of Parkinson’s UK and the classes they offer local residents living with the disease.

“This is a great way to raise funds and awareness through creativity, and I encourage everyone to head down the exhibit and look at the wonderful artwork on offer.”

For more information or to register for the classes, please contact info@yorkparkinson' or call 07519126514.

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