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Local Artist Creates Original Artwork for Grace House

16 May 2016

A local artist has created a piece of original artwork for Sunderland's Grace House, designed to help parents and children to enjoy the new music room. Popular artist Mick Brown, from County Durham, produced the artwork after a chance meeting with Grace House Chief Executive Karen Parry.

When Karen told Mick that the new music room, which is used for musical therapy and, of course, fun and relaxation, only had bare walls, he created a piece of artwork specifically for use in the music room.

“I was very moved by what Grace House is trying to achieve and when Karen described their situation, I knew that I could help. The piece I created uses simple colours based around a deconstructed image of a field, which is designed to appeal to both children and their parents” Mick explained.

Once Mick had created the artwork, North East based Original Wallpaper Company – who create premium quality bespoke wallpaper from original art and photography – turned the artwork into large-format wallpaper and decorated the whole wall of the music room with Mick’s piece.

Sam Callon, Director of Original Wallpaper Company, said “We wanted to do whatever we could to help Grace House as a local charity, and we already work with Mick to provide original wallpaper for our clients. So it was a perfect fit and we are amazed by the final result; it was wonderful to see the children enjoying music with the artwork brightening the background.”

Grace House, in Southwick, is a purpose-built children and young person facility which offers short break and respite care services for children and young people with complex disabilities, health needs and life-limiting conditions.

Karen Parry, Chief Executive at Grace House, commented “We would like to thank Mick and the team at Original Wallpaper Company for helping to bring some brightness and colour to the music room. We are delighted with the artwork and the children love the room’s new look.” 

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