An art and craftwork exhibition with a difference is being staged in Diss this week.
Some 26 paintings and other work have been exhibited at The Stables Gallery at the Corn Hall.
And showing off what they can do are adults with learning disabilities who work at the longstanding Fenners Farmhouse at Fersfied, near Diss.
Nine of the artists with learning disabilities live at Fenners Farmhouse residential care home with three more visiting on different days.
Fenners has been operating for 25 years, said proprietor Angela Carver who runs the family operation with husband Fred, daughter Gill Bradfield, who is care manager and a registered nurse. They are being joined by Gill’s husband Steven, who is taking over as the new general manager from Angela, who will remain in the role of proprietor.
Steven would be joining Fenners as a director, like other members of the family.
Mrs Carver said that those taking part in the exhibition wanted no other label than to be described as artists in the first instance, rather than any focus on their disabilities. Their reputation is built on the philosophy of self-help, developing new skills and making choices.
Fenners is run as a communal home, explained Mrs Carver.
Residents use facilities at a sheltered workshop at Thetford, horticulture and swimming at Diss and Thetford, do horse riding and use some of the area’s sports clubs.
On Monday evening there was a preview of work at the Stables, which could also be seen on other days. There is still chance to see the exhibition today, Friday, when it can be seen between 11am and 4pm. Mrs Carver said Fenners and its residents stages an exhibition every other year.
Work included paintings, craftwork, using paper mache, fabric, wool and pottery.