Council class gets visit from Hepworth artist

10/06/2019, PR-9076

Cllr Michelle Collins and Dawn Woolley with residents
Cllr Michelle Collins and Dawn Woolley with residents

Residents who have not previously had access to academic opportunities have been given the chance to gain formal qualifications thanks to Council-run courses.

The Council's Adult and Community Education Service has been running an entry level 3 qualification in arts and crafts for 11 residents from three WDH Independent Living Schemes. The course has covered a variety of subjects including collage, drawing, painting and 3D sculpture.

To enrich their learning experience further, the group were recently joined by Dawn Woolley, a Leeds-based artist who is working with The Hepworth Wakefield on an ongoing programme of creative activities connected to the Yorkshire Sculpture International initiative.

Woolley worked with the adult learning group to create small collages inspired by The Hepworth's developing garden, which have been reproduced on a large scale wrap which protects the historic Watermill on the banks of the Calder.

Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Skills, Digital and Technology Capabilities, said: "Our Adult Education Service offers so many people the opportunity to improve their skills for work, learn a new hobby or just simply meet new people.

"The class enjoyed Dawn's visit so much and it is wonderful to see them learning new skills and enjoying themselves with new friends.

"I would encourage everyone to take a look at what is on offer and get involved, there are some excellent courses to choose from."

The group have enjoyed completing their current qualification so much that from September, they will be starting a City and Guilds Level 1 Hand Embroidery and Quilting course.

The three WDH Independent Living Schemes involved are Beulah Court ILS in Knottingley and Luke William House and Queens ILS in Pontefract. Independent Living Schemes offer a bit more help or support at home without the need to live in a retirement home or residential care home.

For more information on the courses run by the Council's Adult and Community Education Service visit

Cllr Collins joins in the fun
Cllr Collins joins in the fun

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