Sculpture artwork by homeless people wins award

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SCULPTURES created by homeless, less-privileged and less-able people have been awarded and displayed to 
the public.

The Hope Sculpture Competition, an annual competition entered by charity service-users, has been wrapped up with an exhibition and award-giving ceremony at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

The competition was entered by people who attended workshops at seven charities, including the Chichester Assessment and Treatment Service, Central Point, Pallant House Gallery community workshops and MIND.

Stuart Callow, the competition organiser, said: “People do get immersed into it. People that are homeless get a chance to participate on equal terms which is quite something.

“Not only are they getting involved in it, but they are also feeling equal.”

The exhibition and award-giving was held on December 13.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Apuldrum Centre, which shared a workshop, were named the group winners of the competition.

The individual winner was Foyer Accueil Chartrain, a homeless shelter in Chichester’s twin city, Chartres.

Winners were chosen by Marc Steene, of Pallant House Galley.

The French homeless shelter was awarded cash donated by two sponsors – Italian restaurant Mamma Mia and the French antiques company Foxed Grey.