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Diss Corn Hall events focused on the care system and the works of late artist Paul Yusuf McCormack

Diss Corn Hall is hosting a series of thought-provoking events related to the care system, with the work of a late artist at its centre.

The Care Experience will begin with an exhibit running from tomorrow until February 18, from 10m to 4pm, showing the work of Paul Yusuf McCormack.

No Colours for my Coat is inspired by Mr McCormack’s first 18 years of life, which were spent in care.

Paul Yusuf McCormack
Paul Yusuf McCormack

He was given many negative labels by those who were supposed to be caring for him during this time, and his artwork is centred on visual representations of those labels.

Mr McCormack died from Covid-19 in January 2021.

Running alongside this is a second exhibition put together by various young people in care.

The Virtual School for Children in Care exhibition showcases artwork and photography based on stories, views and considerations of the artist’s relevance to individuals.

There will also be a music and poetry evening on January 17 at 7pm, costing £4.

Norfolk actor and playwright Steve Banks will read some of Paul’s poems, while music will be provided by Eric Sedge, a Suffolk singer, and multi-instrumentalist Anna Ryder.

Lady Dannatt, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, will be a guest of honour.

The events will be rounded off by The Care Experience Debate on February 9 at 6pm, costing £4.

Chaired by Ian Winter CBE, a former senior civil servant and director of social services, it will feature a panel of speakers discussing what needs to change in the care sector.

For more details on any of the events, go to www.thecornhall.co.uk.

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