Works4Me are a small group who recycle and update old furniture to sell in our shop, providing valuable work experience for adults with learning difficulties. They have created a tableau to honour Sydney and Golda Bourne, who took in Susanne Kenton at the age of 13 when she arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport.
‘We wanted to celebrate Sydney and Golda Bourne’s act of generosity and commitment by welcoming Susanne into their home and family during a time of upheaval and devastation. Adults with learning difficulties up-cycle furniture at our centre, so making a tableau meant we could use those skills.. We were inspired by Jacky Bourne’s description of the family life that Susanne was welcomed into, during the hardships of World War II.’
The table holds items including a handmade Menorah on which the flames feature the Holocaust Memorial Day logo, homemade jam and bread and ration books. The chair for the new family member is covered in maps of Germany, and has a gas mask hanging on the back.
Clients at Works4Me have the chance to mix with the public in integrated workshops, exploring a wide range of art activities. They work with professional artists and carers who have many years experience in working with a wide range of special needs.
Kate Morris – Artist
Lynne Minns – Artist
Toni Morris – Artist
Amanda Brand – Sourcing materials
and Nay Vaghela