26th & 27th November 2022


Opening Event Saturday 26th November 12pm

INSPIRE is an exhibition of work produced by the members of two Todmorden based art groups, the Todmorden Health Centre Champions Art Group and the Disability Support Calderdale Arts Group.

About the Disability Support Arts Group

The Disability Support Calderdale Arts Group was born out of the ‘Inspire’ gateway to training and employment service.  Disability Support Calderdale are a partner service within Inspire.

People with hidden disabilities face hidden and insurmountable barriers that prevent them from accessing or interacting with training or work, the DSC Arts Group was created as a vehicle to create a safe space for people facing challenges around neurodiversity and extreme anxiety.

There is no structure to the DSC Arts Group, participants are able to do what they want, when they want using whatever means or medium they wish to express themselves.  The majority of group members have not engaged with art practice since leaving school, and most would never come into a new space occupied by strangers.  Over the last 12 months, participants have created some amazing work, gained self-confidence and built bonds within the group, becoming a family.

About the Todmorden Health Centre Champions Art Group

THCC’s friendly art group meets on Tuesday afternoons in a spacious canal-side room at Todmorden Health Centre. Participants range in ability, experience and age (presently from 19 to 93).

Our ethos is to meet, be creative and offer companionship. Many participants have been with us since the group began in 2016, and have built long lasting friendships both within and outside of the group.

The group’s approach is very much centred around the discovery of making art - providing opportunities for our participants to explore their own ideas, in their own way, at their own pace - through a variety of mediums and processes.

Our individual art making is a way to share our ideas and thoughts, and promotes encouragement, conversation and collaboration between us. Collectively we also work together to create artworks for display at the Health Centre and other venues within the town.

 Since “opening up” after Covid 19 we have been joined by service users from Harvelin Park Residential Home and Disability Support Calderdale - both welcome additions. We are a diverse group who offer each other help and support. We use our art to encourage positive mental health, tackle loneliness / social isolation, and offer companionship.

In essence art helps us explore our world and make friends. This is hugely enjoyable and beneficial because we get to talk about and enjoy our hobby with like-minded people.

As a group we also very much enjoy our trips to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Todmorden Hippodrome and other social events. 

You don’t have to be artistic to join us. We offer a wide range of activities, materials and help. Why not come along!

Many thanks to our participants for their hard work and loyalty. Without them we would be nothing.

While there is always more that can be done, there is no doubt that we are making a significant impact. We don’t measure our success through just facts and figures, but through happy faces and heartwarming feedback. See how you can become part of the difference.