Tasty artwork at cafe

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ARTWORK of the highest order has been given a tasty showing – in a community cafe.

In a collaboration between two Hartlepool groups, the work of 20 artists has gone on show in Cafe 177, in York Road.

The display featuring glass work, acrylics and seascapes will stay on display until the end of January and has become a way for members of the five-year-old Handprint Studio to show off their talents.

The link-up got the praise of Cafe 177 spokesman Pam Hargreaves who said: “There is some tremendous work on show. Handprint has a studio for adults with learning disabilities and their work is really good.

“The idea of them linking up with Cafe 177 is so that people can come in to have a look at the artwork and stay for a bite to eat and something to drink.”

It is also part of a scheme being run across Hartlepool in which the work of new artists is being promoted by the Borough Council.

It is called Emerge and has seen three venues in town chosen to host artwork – the Gray Art Gallery, Summerhill and Cafe 177.

Pam added: “There are 20 pieces of work and it is all different sorts of art.”

Irene Ryan is a member of the Handprint committee and also a community development worker with Hartlepool Borough Council.

She said: “We have 40 members at the studio and their ages range from early 20s through to 60 plus. Everyone chooses what they want to do. It is about them expressing their individuality and achieving their dreams.

“They are very successful, certainly in terms of sales of work and we have already had six orders from the work on show.”

Anyone wanting further information about Handprint should contact 07770 740118.

Photographs by Chris Armstrong.