Arnold’s art success gives Hope to others

Mentor Ian McPhail, right, and stroke survivor Arnold Ratcliffe, left, with his exhibition of paintings at Hope Street Resource Centre, Halifax.
Mentor Ian McPhail, right, and stroke survivor Arnold Ratcliffe, left, with his exhibition of paintings at Hope Street Resource Centre, Halifax.
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Keen painter Arnold Ratcliffe has been able to fulfil his dream of exhibiting his work thanks to Scope’s Expert by Experience mentoring project.

Arnold, 83, from Mytholmroyd, is living with Parkinson’s disease and is a stroke survivor. Each week he meets his mentor Ian McPhail, also from Mytholmroyd, to discuss composition and use first hand sources and Ian’s photographs as inspiration for the artwork. The exhibition depicts scenes from local landscapes including Stoodley Pike and the Rochdale Canal.

Mentoring co-ordinator Heather Barham said: “Expert by Experience is a great way for stroke survivors to work towards achieving their personal goals. Ian and Arnold’s partnership shows how a weekly meeting can really bring a positive difference to the lives of people who have been affected.”

More mentors are needed and a full programme of training is offered - the next training programme starts on September 25 for five weeks.

Arnold’s paintings, on sale in aid of the Parkinson’s Society, are on show at Hope Street Resource Centre, Halifax until Friday, September 20.