Artwork from the Secret Garden
Artist Phil Dabbs explains why he chose the Secret Garden in Thornes Park for his art that will be exhibited in the Art House Drury Lane Wakefield on Wednesday September 27th from 5-9pm.
In September 2016 I was walking with my friend Joy and Joy’s dog Kippa around Thornes Park Wakefield when we discovered the Secret Garden. A heaven of sunlight and peace. This time also coincided with a period of poor mental and physical health for myself which was made worse by my mothers death in November 2017. The world became a very unhappy place for me for a very long time.
I had begun to draw in the Secret and the Rose Gardens and this helped me greatly. I developed a body of work which I felt could benefit the work of the Volunteers who maintained the gardens. I was also awarded a grant from the Creative Partnership Grant Scheme by WMDC.
I saw winter give way to spring and spring to summer and finally back to autumn which is in a way where it all began. So many people kept me close as I floundered so many times. There were a lot of chat’s and tears. I am quietly returning to the world again and glad to be presenting this project and having made something from the past year.
Half of all the money raised with be given to the Volunteers who maintain the Gardens. I can also provide digital images that Chat, a charity, can use in the future. As the project has progressed it has become a collaboration. From the volunteers in the park, myself, my curator, a phtographer, WMDC, The Art House and especially Hannah Masson’s work with minority groups and wider participation in the Arts and the Mental Health Services who have all helped me.