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Ten of our Community Ambassadors got busy crafting a 6’x4’ canvas for display at the famous Whitworth Art Gallery, at an exhibition held on 11th May 2017.

The artwork promoted the use of art as a way of raising awareness and encouraging people to think ahead in relation to their plans for the future and end of life. The free ‘Art of Dying’ Event, led by the Greater Manchester & Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network, part of NHS England and supported by CLWDW, also hosted workshops, performances and conversations about dying, death and bereavement.

CLWDW also championed other individual entries from across Eastern Cheshire. The painting “Dark Trees” created by Hazel Aimson, a patient at East Cheshire Hospice, won a well deserved first place from over 180 entries in the “Beginners Art Class”. The winning painting took pride of place at the exhibition following almost 4000 votes.

Hazel said “I am absolutely delighted to have won this award. I am not an artist, and this was the first time I had ever used acrylics. The picture turned out even better than I expected!”

Rachel Zammit, Head of Public Health and Communications at CLWDW, added, “We are so proud to have been part of the team organising and delivering the ‘Art of Dying’ Event alongside our colleagues from Greater Manchester. The event was a great success and it was a privilege to see Hazel’s winning painting and the fantastic exhibition piece created by our Community Ambassadors receive deserved recognition”

 Art of Dying Canvas April 2017 small                                 Dark Trees April 2017 small

Canvas by CLWDW Community Ambassadors                                                                                                                     “Dark Trees” by Hazel Aimson

For more information about the Art of Dying exhibition visit www.artofdying.co.uk

If you are interested in finding out more information about becoming a Cheshire Living Well Dying Well Community Ambassador visit  here or call 01270 758 120.

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