Special mural for cancer patients to be exhibited in Ormskirk town centre

Special mural for cancer patients to be exhibited in Ormskirk town centre

by Henry James (April 2021)

A MURAL of hope, which has recorded the responses and experiences of those living with and beyond cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be exhibited in Ormskirk town centre.

The ‘Capturing a Moment in Time’ mural has been produced through a bespoke Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL) arts-based health and wellbeing project with Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service users from West Lancashire.

Sunflowers, a symbol of hope and new life, and handprints, to symbolise identity, connectivity and togetherness, are key aspects of the mural, which has had a profoundly positive impact on health and wellbeing.

The project began in September last year and service users first built up the confidence to independently work on the mural by learning art techniques with LAL.

An image of the finished mural will be printed on to material for an external exhibition in Ormskirk town centre. The mural will also be exhibited virtually at the Heritage England and Arts Council-funded Once Upon A Town in Ormskirk online gallery and museum in this Spring, and physically at the Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk in the Summer.

Maggi Bradley was one of the learners on the project. Maggi, 54, said: “I’m really excited that the mural will be exhibited. I lost both of my parents to cancer last year and the project has helped me enormously with my mental health and my resilience.”

Helen Draper, health and wellbeing tutor at Lancashire Adult Learning, said: “We have been working with Macmillan in West Lancashire for around 18 months and I’m delighted that we have been able to be flexible during the pandemic to deliver health and wellbeing sessions for their service users at a time like no other in living memory.”

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