Bright IDEA brings art to Warkworth

Bright IDEA brings art to Warkworth

IDEA artists (back, from left) Tim Roskrudge, Kevin Fabian, Susan Copestake and David Prictor and (front, from left) Shane Sherman and Jenny Pound.
A new mural has sprung up on Morrison Drive in Warkworth as part of a programme to empower people with intellectual disabilities.

The artwork was created by people from IDEA Services – an organisation which works with intellectually disabled people. David Prictor designed the work with the help of mural artist Leigh McIntyre-Lomas. Leigh then worked with 15 people from IDEA, painting the cityscape scene.

It is on the entranceway of the IDEA Service building.

“David is a prolific artist and his drawings were an obvious choice to transfer into a mural because of their interesting shapes and pattern,” Leigh says. “It is a real delight to behold next to the IDEA centre and all the painters are very proud of their work.”

Leigh has been working as arts facilitator with IDEA for three years and says art is a great way for people with intellectual disabilities to be a part of the community.

“It gives a great sense of accomplishment, particularly when they have been able to show their work and have that appreciated by the public. That’s been very fulfilling. They are also becoming independent through their work. They’ve put on exhibitions at cafes and at the Masonic Hall.”

Leigh has also worked on murals at Leigh Wharf, Martins Bay, Algies Bay and Snells Beach.

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