Robert Fleck and Ian Gibson help celebrate official launch of Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association’s art gallery

An art gallery giving people with disabilities the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside fellow local artists has been officially opened.

The Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association's (NANSA) Art Shop Project - an art supply shop and gallery - was officially launched on May 26 at its base in Earlham House Shops, Earlham Road, Norwich.

NANSA's operations manager Jessica Rice said there was a great turn-out for the launch.

She said: 'Robert Fleck kindly opened the project and Ian Gibson gave a speech saying how much the community should support such an innovative project.

'Our special thanks go to all the team, volunteers and retailers who have helped to launch this great project.'

Jessica said NANSA had been running art sessions for a number of years, and that the gallery was now a chance for NANSA's service users to have their work displayed and also give them the chance to gain valuable retail and printing experience.

The gallery's current exhibition 'Let's Ride!' runs until June 30 and it features the work of John Kiki, Valerie Margetson and Val Toft.

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The Art Shop Project's opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am until 5.30pm and Wednesday and Saturday from 9.30am until 3.30pm.

• Artists wanting to exhibit work or people wanting get involved as volunteers for the project should call the Art Shop Project on 01603 505065.

• NANSA, which was established in 1954, is a local independent charity which offers services, information and support for Norfolk children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

For more about NANSA visit

- Do you have a story about a new art project in Norwich? Contact reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or

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