Art project has wings!

Sharron Morris views the butterfly designs..Picture Richard Ponter .120753c.
Sharron Morris views the butterfly designs..Picture Richard Ponter .120753c.

HUNDREDS of contributions were made to a Bridlington arts project held this weekend.

Priory Enterprises, based at Hilderthorpe Road, last week invited people to join in with a special event to pay tribute to their loved ones.

Organisers had painted a large tree trunk on the wall of their offices and invited those in the community to go along and paint a butterfly to stick on the tree - containing a message of love, appreciation or in memory of someone close to them.

“We have had hundreds of butterflies painted, it was a tremendous response. It really surprised us to see so many people come along and get involved,” said Sharron Morris, project manager at Priory Enterprises.

“We are just coming down to earth now, it really lifts your heart to see the entire people from all walks of life in Bridlington get together to create something so beautiful.”

Amongst those who visited the project last Saturday were senior citizens, those with learning and physical disabilities, children and some who were grieving for a loved one.

“There were so many butterflies that we ended up running out of space in the office for them to dry, and once they are all ready we will place them on the tree trunk on the wall,” continued Sharron.

“Those with special personal messages will have a prominent place on the wall so that those who made them can come in when they want to, and see their message.

“The really imaginative and artistic people cut out their own butterflies and painted them, but those who were less mobile or were struggling to leave their message were able to use ones that we had pre-cut. It was wonderful to see so many different strands of the community together on what was a fantastic, successful day.”

Local artist Patrick Wise painted the tree trunk on the wall, and was there on the day to lend a helping hand and guide people through the process.

Prior to the open session on Saturday, regular Priory Enterprises students who have either learning disabilities or physical disabilities, or are senior citizens began painting butterflies to “kick start” the project - which was sponsored by Business Week Charitable Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund.

Priory Enterprises has helped change the lives of disabled, disadvantaged and elderly people in Bridlington through building confidence and skills with art projects – and was “handed a lifeline” in the form of lottery funding in November.

It received £239,609 to continue its creative community project in the town – which helps its users build confidence and skills through art projects – for the next three years.