Homeless and marginalised islanders turn struggles into art

Islanders struggling with a variety of issues in their lives have expressed themselves through art, which is now on display.

Grace Trust is charity that supports people in Jersey battling various issues in their lives including homelessness and marginalisation. 

It has been running its 'Art in the Park' project for 16 years - which invites service users to take a few hours every week to learn a new artistic skill outdoors and express themselves. 

The pieces created in these community spaces are being put on display for other islanders to view. 

The exhibition is running at JARO gallery in St Helier, and will be open until Saturday 29 June. 

Sue, who curated the exhibition alongside Vini Jones, in front of some of its artwork

Vini Jones, Grace Trust's General Manager, says Art in the Park has really made a difference in Jersey's community: 

"It's very much a project, aimed as ever with Grace Trust, to give a place of belonging to people. 

"In time we find that the art is able to bring things out of them [the service users] that they didn't know they had."

JARO art gallery

Vini hopes islanders will come along to the exhibition:

"It's just a brilliant exhibition of hope, of overcoming, and of community and belonging for people that struggle with some things in life."

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