Artists in the Woods is a free annual event which was set up nine years ago to promote local creatives and inspire public interaction and enjoyment. The event is held within the beautiful Oare Gunpowder Works, near Faversham and this year was held on Sunday 9 June, 10am to 4pm.

Various local artists and artisans, poets, singers and musicians all come together in this beautiful woodland setting to showcase their creative skills and this year our Footprints Children’s Centre was offered the chance to join in by creating paintings to be on show at the event.

Based just outside Canterbury in quiet countryside, Footprints specialises in the care of children with disabilities. Designed to allow a mix of privacy and togetherness, Footprints offers high-quality residential care for children aged between 5 and 17 years with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and other genetic and complex conditions.

Ralph Perrott, local artist and a carer at Footprints says: “When we were given the chance to exhibit artwork at the event, we were really excited. Some of the children at Footprints are very talented and we thought it was a fantastic opportunity for them to be able to work on a single piece over several sessions instead of just the basic, quick paintings that they would normally produce. The idea is that they could create a really lovely piece of artwork that could then be used as gifts or possibly even in a calendar or for a greeting card instead of painting just for the sake of it. The work that they have been producing is progressive and they are not only learning from it but it also is extremely useful in enhancing their hand/eye coordination skills. Their families are also able to see their technique developing and we are all immensely proud of the standard of work that has been produced.”