“Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough provides vocational training to people with disabilities. Our aim is to support people to reach their true potential by empowering them and providing them with independence skills, confidence and arts, crafts and horticulture training in a flourishing social enterprise environment.”
The center, which is open to the public, has a fully licensed cafe where students from the local college help out, a sensory garden and a woodland walk.
Buzzing with activities and lots of keen services users, in every room there is something exciting going on. From jewelry making, music workshops and bespoke furniture design the art created is a diverse and tantalises all the senses; covering the visual, auditory and tactile arts. The craft items are particularly decorative, and could only be described as quaint, really individual and quirky and there is a variety of gift ideas with that ‘special touch’.
I was amazed by the quality of work created by the art makers, some of the items on display in the sensory garden were absolutely breathtaking, the bespoke mosaics were so intricate and beautifully detailed, the peacock on display in the sensory garden was particularly my favourite and worth the visit to the center just to see that!
Innovative, creative and quality- the works produced by the art makers is wonderful, and I think the fact that the items were created by visually impaired people really touched me. To see something so visual and so beautiful created by people who have a sight problem was wonderful, the pieces really explored the art markers expressive side and demonstrated that despite their disabilities they had great talent.
The art makers were very conversational and bursting with stories about how they had spent their day. Everyone seemed genuinely happy to be there, around their friends expressing themselves through art.
The centre sells all of the art and creates commissioned pieces of work, in particular schools commission lots of pieces by the art markers which are displayed in the corridors. So if there are any parents who are interested in getting something beautifully unique created by someone who has a visual impairment you can contact the centre on 01423 541888 or visit at 50 Bond End, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 9AL, for further information visit http://henshaws.org.uk/what-we-offer/arts-and-crafts-centre/.
Throughout the year the centre holds a variety of events, ranging from Craft Fairs to Musical showcases, click here to find out more information about whats going on. If you are due to visit Yorkshire in July to watch the world famous Tour De France I would definitely recommend you visit the centre during your visit, a wonderful day out for all the family.