Our joint project with Moosey Art, ‘Collaborate’, has been launched with a unique trail of six exclusive artworks on display throughout the Norwich Lanes.

Six Norwich-based artists have been paired up with six people currently being supported by LEAP and the OPEN Youth Trust to create artwork for display until 25 May. After the trail, paintings will be auctioned at Moosey Art on Thursday 26 May at 7pm, with all proceeds going to LEAP and OPEN.

The project has been embraced by businesses throughout the Norwich Lanes, and paintings are currently displayed at Grosvenor Fish Bar, Philip Browne Menswear, Frank’s Bar, Sue Ryder Vintage, Norwich Gift Emporium and Moosey Art. You can download the Collaborate map here to follow the trail; take note of any pieces you may wish to bid for at our auction!

Our Founder & Director, Barry Allard, said:

“Art has a way of inspiring people to see new possibilities. This is key to our work of supporting people to realise their potential. Norwich has such a vibrant community and I’m delighted that we have come together with our partners Moosey Art, Norwich Lanes and the OPEN Youth Trust to create purpose through art.”

Clients and artists took inspiration from each other on ‘Collaborate”s open brief. The resulting works by Harry Newman, Ruth Knapp, Liam Clark, Anmar Mirza, Joyce Pfeifer, Devin Smith and their partners are the embodiment of art supporting the local community.

The clients taking part range from aspiring artists, to those who had never picked up a paintbrush previously. Maisie Payne was referred to the project by OPEN Youth Trust; she described being paired with local artist Anmar Mirza as ‘a dream’, helping her towards her goal of working as a professional artist. Louis Coates enrolled with us several months ago. He has always loved art, and was keen to grasp this opportunity to work with a professional artist.

Moosey Art gallery owner Frazer Bailey commented:

“Since being inspired by how artist Devin Smith uses her work to interact with the Norwich community, and from working with LEAP in the past, it was an obvious decision to collaborate on this project. It’s also exciting for us to see the results of the project… collaborative pieces are usually the most unique.”

We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to St. Andrew’s Church, Bridewell Alley, for providing a space for the artwork to be completed.

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