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Staying Out exhibition is now on display

A new exhibition is now on display featuring work from participants in the Staying Out programme, which helps some of the most isolated people in the town to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

The exhibition features work that the group have produced during their workshops with artist Michelle Tripp, and will run throughout March 2016. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

Every year Lord Sawyer of Darlington, Teesside University’s Chancellor, sends out a gift to artists who have worked with the University and asks them to put together their own work based around a similar theme.

One of those artists is Michelle Tripp, who works with us to deliver its Staying Out programme. Her gift was a large piece of material, embroidered with intricate designs, pictures and patterns. She has now made the material into a kite so it can be used as a mobile piece of art.

Michelle has shared her experiences and creative responses with the participants of Staying Out, and in turn, they have created their own exhibition named The Gift which includes textile art, painted drawings and pottery, all of which explore the theme of gifts and giving.

Staying Out aims to support people in Stockton after they are discharged from hospital, and ultimately help them to avoid readmission to hospital.

ARC work closely with local voluntary and statutory organisations to identify isolated older people who may benefit from support at the point they are discharged from hospital to help them ‘get back on their feet’.