Sense art exhibition in Spalding

Artwork from the Poems of the River exhibition.
Artwork from the Poems of the River exhibition.
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A unique art exhibition held at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding has been hailed as a success.

Deafblind charity Sense took over the historic venue last month with a river themed exhibition and performance.

‘Poems of the River’ celebrated the achievements of people with sight and hearing impairments from the charity’s Glenside Resource Centre who took part in a six-month project with poet Laila Sumpton to create poems, stories, photographs and artwork inspired by rivers.

Participants also worked collaboratively with sound artist Daz Disley, to compose sound pieces of creatures found by the river banks, from eels and ducks to herons and rabbits.

Their creations were exhibited at the museum, where they also performed the songs and stories they developed during the workshop.

Kara Jarrold, head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, said: “Many thanks to South Holland District Council for making it possible for us to showcase ‘Poems of the River’ at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum.

“It was amazing to be able to share with the local community an exciting multi-sensory exhibition that breaks down the barriers for making art for people with sensory loss.”

A South Holland District Council spokesman said: “We’re very pleased that this unique and accessible exhibition was a huge success. We always welcome the opportunity to work with local groups and help promote their work.”