Veterans to Open New Art Shop

by Catherine Smyth Media

ARTISTS will soon be able to get everything they need from paper to paints, pastels to pencils at a new shop being opened by Veterans In Communities (VIC).

The charity, based in Haslingden, is planning to open a shop next month in Rawtenstall in the Positive Start building on Queen’s Square gyratory.

VIC Arts and crafts co-ordinator Darren Horsnell, a Falklands veteran who discovered the therapeutic properties of art while at Combat Stress, said: “The shop is to be called the Positive Art Shop and will open on Saturday June 13.

“It will be a retail art shop selling a wide range of different materials and media and the shop will be manned by volunteers from VIC’s art group.

“The volunteers will also be creating artwork in the shop while they are running it and will be available to discuss their work with the shoppers.

“All the money that we raise will benefit the Creative Community Hub, which we received funding for from the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

“This will enable us to take our art out of the VIC Centre and into the community”

The shop plan would not have been possible without the help, support and partnership working between VIC and Positive Start. It is hoped the project will prove to be viable and sustainable and will benefit both charities.

It is planned to open the shop Thursdays to Saturdays 9am to 5pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm.

Monthly workshops will also be held in the shop so artists can learn new skills.

Although the Positive Art Shop is not a VIC outreach, veterans or their families calling will be signposted to the outreach facility nearest to where they live.

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