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26th May 2010 GOODRICH CASTLE 'SCORES' ORIGINAL..............................
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A stunning portrait of Goodrich Castle created by people with learning disabilities was unveiled at the Castle café this morning, Tuesday. The artists, from 'SCORE' a group which helps people with learning disabilities to live independent, fulfilling and purposeful lives, worked with English Heritage to produce and tour an exhibition of artwork and photography inspired by Goodrich Castle through the seasons. To mark the end of the tour, SCORE has given one of the attractive pieces of original artwork to Goodrich Castle as a gesture of thanks.

Suzanne Carter, Outreach Manager for English Heritage said, 'We have thoroughly enjoyed working with SCORE and are delighted that our collaborative project will be highlighted in years to come. This picture provides a lasting legacy. It is also a really beautiful addition to the café!'

SCORE, a project run by Affinity Trust, enables adults with learning disabilities to reach their potential, through active participation in a wide range of community opportunities. SCORE has been working with English Heritage to empower their group to engage with heritage through art activities. Rosie Wooderson, Manager of SCORE said, 'Members of SCORE have had a really great time working alongside English Heritage on this project. It has allowed them to explore both their local heritage and their artistic skills and we hope café visitors will enjoy the picture over the coming months'.

Greeting cards of some of the paintings, including this collage in the café, are available to buy from SCORE. The money raised through the sale of the cards will support further art activities in heritage settings for the group.

Laila Soobhary, Gemma Gray Paul Yemm and Laura Harvey present the artwork to Wendy Amer, Manager of Goodrich Castle.

A closer look at the artwork.
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