When Andrew first started at Henshaws in 1998, he was one of just 50 Art Makers accessing our services. Today, 21 years later, the number of disabled people we support at our Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough has more than trebled.

That means three times the number of potential friends to meet, and for Andrew these friendships have made a real difference to his life.

“Attending the paper workshop at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre makes me happy. I like being sociable with the other Art Makers.”

A Henshaws staff member standing next to an Art Maker smiling at the camera

Andrew has explored his love of tearing paper through beautiful collages using torn paper in different colours and textures. These collage pieces are framed and sold both at the centre and in our Henshaws Gifts online shop.

Andrew enjoys feeling part of something bigger and having a chance to display his artwork in the surrounding community including local exhibitions in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.

“I lost my sight as a young child but not being able to see hasn’t stopped me getting fully involved in all aspects of life.  It makes me proud that people are seeing my work and that’s all thanks to Henshaws.”

As we turn 21, Henshaws is proud to reach more of the most vulnerable people living with disability in our area than we ever have before.

But more Art Makers also means more strain on our building and facilities. We are at capacity and urgently need your help to transform our centre, bringing it up to date to meet the changing needs of the people we support.

Please donate today and help us secure the future of Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre for the next 21 years.