A Harrogate based deaf and blind sculptor, who works at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough, is celebrating following the refurbishment of his garage into an art studio.
Jon Cove, a former student at Henshaws College, now lives in one of the charity’s Harrogate based community houses and works at the Arts & Crafts Centre four days a week, where he creates large scale pieces using a combination of papier-mâché and cardboard techniques.
Now, following the help and generous support of District Councillor Anne Jones, Jon will be able to continue his work at home.
Councillor Jones worked with staff at Henshaws to lead a project which saw the internal adaptation of the garage at Jon’s community house into a custom made studio. As well as making a generous personal donation to help fund the project, Cllr Jones also secured the support of LaRock Electrical who installed a wireless fire alarm system. A donation from Altro Flooring provided a suitable floor covering for the new studio.
Said Cllr Jones:
As the wife to a former Principal of Henshaws I have known Jon for over 20 years, he was one of the first deaf-blind students to come to the College. His disabilities make the intricacy and colour of his work even more remarkable and demonstrate the power of the work at Henshaws, which provides service users with skills and nurtures their creative talents.
I am delighted that I have been able to help Jon sustain his raison d’être and his passion for his artwork. There is considerable goodwill for this very worthy charity throughout the District.
Henshaws director of community housing Frank Ward, Jon Cove, Dave Houston house manager, district councillor Anne Jones and Damian Lawrance, managing director of LaRock Construction