Artistic twist at summer lunch

Members of the charity at the summer lunch in Knaresborough. (S)
Members of the charity at the summer lunch in Knaresborough. (S)

Members of Harrogate charity Opening Doors have enjoyed a summer lunch with an artistic twist.

Following a two course meal at the Dower House in Knaresborough, members of the group, who are all older, disabled or have a sensory impairment, their guests and volunteers, were asked to take part in The People’s Choice.

This initiative, launched by the Mercer Art Gallery, aims to create an exhibition of artwork chosen by members of the public in the Harrogate district.

Freelance curator Sheila Asante approached the charity, alongside Mayor of Harrogate Michael Newby, council chief Wallace Sampson and actor Hugo Speer, to choose the final piece of artwork which completes the exhibition.

Members chose a picture by Janet Rawlins depicting an open air art market in Harrogate during ‘French Week’ from the 1950s.

Members of the group commented that it ‘brought back happy memories’ and ‘reminded them of summer’ whilst others thought that it showed ‘a bit of Paris in Harrogate’.

Rachel MacKenzie, from Opening Doors, said: “We were delighted to have been approached by the Mercer Art Gallery and to participate in this exciting project. We do hope as many people as possible will be able to go and view it.”

The People’s Choice exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery runs until Monday 15 September. For more information and opening times visit