The piece of art was created at a meeting of 30 Emmaus communities in the UK and is now on display at our home from homelessness.

People supported by Emmaus communities are invited to take part in the Emmaus UK Assembly every year, which consists of a series of talks and workshops by people within Emmaus and special guests. This year one of the sessions taking place at Hinckley in Leicestershire was a joint art session.

The Emmaus Burnley companion, who is sharing this anonymously, said he had been drawing the same picture since he was ten. He recalled that it was the day Freddie Mercury died, and his teacher painted it and since then, he has painted the same scene himself!

Commenting on the workshop, he said: “The art session was thoroughly enjoyable, and the lady who ran it was so inspirational. She came from a place where Covid had taken everything, she loved exploring art. She had inspiration from art and it was an escape for her. She was a thoroughly good teacher at heart.”

Emmaus Burnley art

Workshops offered the opportunity for companions, staff, trustees and guests to explore activities linked to the Emmaus federation’s strategy to help more people, work smarter, shout louder and work together better.

The painting is now on display at Emmaus Burnley’s community home on Old Hall Street.

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