Be Well and Glossop Arts Project combine for Art Trail walks
Monday 7th August 2017 15:50 Glossop Chronicle Hadfield News Posted by Adam Higgins

Two local community businesses, committed to making Glossop a healthier and happier place, have combined art and walking to raise the wellbeing of local older people.

Glossop Arts Project (GAP) is justifiably proud of its annual Art in the Window event and this year, thanks to a Big Lottery grant have been working with partners to make sure more people are able to appreciate the art works, all made by local artists, which are displayed in shop windows.

As part of their drive to “bring the art gallery to you” GAP’s founder Sonja Quirk led two groups of Be Well regulars around the shops and businesses, displaying art in both Hadfield and Glossop, and gave some insight into the works on view.

As the former social worker explained, a partnership with fellow social enterprise Be Well was a natural first step.

She said: “While Be Well and GAP may use different activities to raise Wellbeing we are both trying to help people feel more positive, more purposeful and more fulfilled.”

Be Well activator Vicky Murphy added: “When we were offered the chance to have the Art in the Window exhibition interpreted by a real artist we jumped at the chance and opened to opportunity up to our regular walkers, walking netballers and curlers and also invited the older people who live at Cornmill House where we deliver a weekly Wellbeing programme.

“Despite some unseasonal weather, the group enjoyed the experience and learned a lot.”

The Glossop Art Walk was accompanied by PCSO Alan Nield and three police cadets – and the mixture of generations added an extra flavour to the day, as did a visit to the Oakwood pub afterwards for tea and cakes.

Art in the Window continues until the end of August and details of the Be Well programme are available from Vicky by calling 07590 839421.

The pictures below illustrate the morning strolls around Hadfield and Glossop: