Art exhibition to showcase the talents of ward 18


Local people are invited to an exhibition at Batley Library, Market Place, WF17 5DA, created by people who have mental health problems.

The exhibition will showcase the work of patients on ward 18 at Dewsbury and District Hospital. The work was produced during sessions run by activity workers Kelly Sykes, Lee Lister and Sarah Taylor, who work for the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust provides mental health and learning disability services to the people of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

The work on display will include a range of sculptures from the Terminator’s head and hand, to a large dragon’s head made out of modrock. There will also be textile samples, including rag rugs and French knitting, stained glass, paintings and creative writing.

Creative activities help people with mental health problems develop skills and confidence and the exhibition is an excellent opportunity to show case the talents of people on the ward.

Activity worker Kelly Sykes said, “The group have produced some great results. We are always amazed at the variety and quality of work. We’re inviting people to come along to the exhibition, open their mind’s eye and see life from a different perspective. The group have managed to produce some fantastic art work.”

It is hoped the exhibition will help to raise awareness into mental health and tackle stigma surrounding it. Staff on ward 18 have found that having mental health problems doesn’t stop individuals from being creative. Instead they have found it can enhance the appreciation and perception of regular objects and the environment.

Dayne Brown, who takes part in the activities groups, said, "It makes me feel worth living when I can still create something that others can enjoy. It makes me feel like I have a purpose. Taking part in creative work is relaxing and is a good way for me to express myself."

The exhibition will be open on Saturday 29th May during library opening times and will remain on display until Saturday 19th June. A special preview evening will also be held on Friday 28th May from 6pm- 9pm.

For more information contact Batley Library on 01924 326021 or email

Art exhibition to showcase the talents of ward 18

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