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Thrive helps put the art in Beartown

Congleton’s healthy arts scene is about to get another boost. With support from the town’s arts co-operative the Electric Picture House, we’ve asked several artists to produce pieces based around the simple brief of ‘a celebration of Beartown’ – the affectionate name for Congleton. After all, we’re a creative business so supporting the local arts scene just seems natural!

The works will initially be put on display in our office at a special ‘Thrive BeARTown’ event, and are being created by glass and mixed media specialist Di Harding, self-taught mixed media artist Helen Kaminsky, and international exhibitor Petra Lea. While working to the specific Beartown brief,  the  artists involved usually produce a wide variety of pieces in many different forms, including abstract, and these three artists work through the Electric Picture House co-operative on Cross Street (

Young artist Ellie Harrison, a year 12 student, from local school Eaton Bank Academy has also been given the brief, and will have her work exhibited alongside the other interpretations. Artist Shaun Keefe is looking forward to seeing the results: “I think it’s great that a local business like Thrive is supporting the arts in this way, especially when they’re encouraging the next generation of artists to take part too.”

The artwork will go on display at Thrive’s offices in August, with a special Thrive art open day event planned for later in the year. This will include the commissioned art alongside other pieces of all the artist’s work.

If you want to know more, or would like to be considered for future commissions please feel free to drop us a line!

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