Mapwalk and Junk Art Exhibition

Service users from Cromwell Road Resouce Centre from the Mapwalk group, Junk Art and Top Draw are showing artwork at Freshney Green Primary Care Centre for four week starting yesterday.

Full details below:

Dates: 12th Sept – 10th Oct.
Location: Freshney Green Primary Care Centre
Sorrel Road
North East Lincolnshire
DN34 4GB

Mapwalk are a group of five adults with learning difficulties who use Cromwell Road Day Services and meet weekly at the Newby Centre set in the grounds of Weelsby Woods.

We are showing two large banners made using Widgit software. Widgit says ‘No matter whatever your level of language or reading, everybody should have fair and equal access to information.’ 

Each week we make our own map-related drawings. We’ve been steadily working on these for the past two and a half years.

We feel it’s important for our artwork to be accessible to others and for us to feel part of our local community. A simple weekly walk together where we get to say ‘good morning’ to fellow walkers means a lot to us.

On behalf of Mapwalk, Community support facilitator Marc Renshaw says ‘It’s a really positive group which combines walking, mindfulness, art and writing with socialising together.’

For the show at Freshney Green Medical Centre we are sharing a snapshot of our weekly experiences taken from journals we keep as we walk around the woods. You can see snippets of conversation, our discussions and thoughts and the small things we notice such as the browning of leaves, litter, dogs playing ‘fetch’ on the main field or the recurring sound of a woodpecker. The wood’s former uses add further to the project.

Here we are also showing a selection of 3D ‘map boxes’ made for us by our friends Top Draw – an art group that meet each Monday at their Cromwell Road studio. To find out more about them, visit their website:

Junk Art
Formed by individuals who attend Cromwell Road Day Centre, a day service for adults with disabilities, Junk Art has been running from Weelsby Woods Newby Centre a full day each week for approximately eight years.

The group takes a walk around the woods every week noticing the many seasonal changes in the natural environment and its use by the general public, marked by the trails left underfoot and things left behind through accidental loss or littering.

During the afternoons we work on creative projects, making use of discarded or recycled materials and often taking inspiration from the natural forms, history and character of the woodland and its fringes.

The prints on display here were made using scrap foam and water-based inks on cartridge paper. They explore the concepts of repetition, the intuitive development of patterns, mixing and applying colour and achieving a richness of form by working gradually in layers. We laminated them to give them durability and a glossy finish.

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