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Harleston art group launched to help tackle social isolation




An art group has been launched in Harleston to help tackle social isolation onset by the coronavirus pandemic.

Harleston Information Plus and Better Together Norfolk have recruited textile artist Julie Filmer to offer free art instructions for residents.

Through the Facebook group Arty Crafty Norfolk, people have shared pastel, pencil, acrylic and stone paintings, under the tutelage of Mrs Filmer, who also runs textiles company Peacock Emporium.

Julie Filmer (left) and Pam Spicer of Arty Crafy Norfolk Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY.
Julie Filmer (left) and Pam Spicer of Arty Crafy Norfolk Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY.

Pam Spicer, who works atHarleston Information Plus, in Exchange Street, said the idea came about after a number of vulnerable people were left isolated due to the pandemic.

“People that were already isolated weren’t able to access that support face to face,” she said. “Other people have found themselves feeling isolated since the pandemic began, and that can be people of all ages.”

The 63-year-old (pictured), from Greys Manor in Banham, said that she had been delighted with how well the campaign had gone, with 100 members on board in only three weeks.

“Art is very good for people’s wellbeing,” she said. “It’s all about connecting people together.

“We’re bringing together a virtual community where people can share there work.

“We’ve got some fantastically talented people out there that nobody knew anything about, but now their work can be seen.”



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