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Cross-stitch Exhibition, celebrating the work of two local Hospices.

30 July 2019

Take some time out during the summer to visit the upcoming Art Bag Exhibition! The colourful cross-stitch display featured at The Open Door Gallery, in Berkhamsted, is the perfect opportunity for a trip out with kids or to re-engage with a past craft hobby of your own.

The exhibition, taking place from the end of July to 23rd August, is a collaborative initiative with the aim to re-purpose craft and to connect those from the neighbouring communities surrounding The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted and Peace Hospice Care in Watford.

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The venue is hosting several events over the next few weeks, including a unique pompom making workshop on Monday 5th August, and an innovative virtual reality event where participants can immerse themselves in the virtual world with chance to create 3D artwork, on Monday 19th August.

This year’s project is inspired by London based artist, Sophie Alston, with cross-stitch being the chosen medium. Art Therapist at The Hospice of St Francis, Annalie Ashwell, gives further detail on the special event –

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“In its fourth year the Art Bag Project continues to go from strength to strength, connecting more and more people through one simple creative activity.”

“Each year we aim to re-purpose a craft, elevating traditional community based methods and bringing them into contemporary art practice. For some, the art bag provides a diversion, for others the means to be ‘in the moment’ and for many, an opportunity to tell their story and capture their experience of living with serious illness and loss.”

Amongst the feedback collected from one of last year’s workshops, a participant commented, ‘There’s kindness and TLC with this therapeutic activity which has brought me closer to my dear departed mum.’

Continuing to describe the activities at the exhibition, Annalie states,“As part of our exhibition we are running featured workshops showcasing our latest innovations at the Hospice. This is an exciting opportunity for members of the general public to experience the future of our care, for example experiencing what virtual reality has to offer as a therapeutic tool. The Open Door Gallery has been really key in handing out art bags and engaging the local community.”’

The Gallery Address: The Open Door Gallery, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1HU.

If you would like further information on the exhibition, want to book onto one of the workshops, or would like to get involved in the Hospice's Creative Sessions, do visit our website: www.stfrancis.org.uk or call 01442 859550 for further information. #YourPreciousLife

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