The Emmaus Mossley Art Group meets on a weekly basis with members covering all different subjects and using many different media.
The Art Group has been present at Longlands Mill since approximately 2002. Way back when Emmaus Mossley was in its infancy, artist Tonie Rigby literally knocked on the door and asked if she could have a studio here. The then community leader said yes providing she offered a weekly Art Group to help companions integrate with the local community.
The Emmaus Mossley Art Group has been here ever since, growing in number and allowing members to hone their artistic skills each week. There are currently around 15 members, typically artists from the local community, but over the years quite a few companions have joined in whilst staying at Emmaus Mossley.
Did you know that the impressive wall mural in the Zimmerman’s area of the Emmaus Mossley superstore was created by Vince O’Neil, a former companion and Art Group member? Vince drew inspiration for the portraits of famous rock and pop stars from record covers, photos and books.
Members take artistic inspiration from many different sources including Emmaus, the local community and the wider natural environment. The group love meeting up each week, working together on different projects and feel very supported by staff and companions at Emmaus. The group has held pop-up galleries in the Emmaus Mossley Secondhand Superstore and training room, and also exhibited locally in the library and at the very prestigious Gallery Oldham.
The Art Group meets on Wednesday mornings and currently has the capacity for two new members. If you would like to develop your art in a social setting, please send your expression of interest to [email protected]