Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Cake with the Queen Community Event


Please join the 'Painting for Pleasure' painting group
for Tea/Coffee and Cake
to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Paintings will be on show of the Queen
and other artworks created by the group since the re-opening of classes post Covid 19.

Monday, 29 November 2021

A BIG Thank You to The National Lottery Community Fund!

'Painting for Pleasure' celebrates after receiving £34,920 from the National Lottery Fund to help adults living with disability and illness.


Local community art group ‘Painting for Pleasure’ is today celebrating after being awarded almost £35,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work reducing isolation of vulnerable adults in the community, including carers. The group, based at the Westbury Centre, Kingsway, South Leamington, will use the cash to run weekly art sessions, trips & exhibitions for local adults.

Painting for Pleasure has been running since 1995, has recently become a charity, and is run by a committee of members. The funding provides two art sessional workers to help members achieve their full artistic potential.
This Lottery project is called 'Individuals Together'. The whole emphasis is to get participants to socialise, make friends, and create imaginative artworks encouraging members to go beyond their perceived limits. The classes run for one day a week on a Wednesday during the school term, with separate morning and afternoon sessions.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will mean 'Painting for Pleasure' can provide regular art sessions for the next three years.
At the same time, the group will be able to put on exhibitions of members' work giving individuals greater confidence whilst promoting the group in the wider community.

Jayne Canning, Chair of painting for pleasure, says: "We’re glad to be back and are both delighted and grateful that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work and has supported us in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to help reduce isolation for local people". 

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life. 

Sunday, 3 October 2021


We're Back!

Morning and afternoon sessions are now open.

New members are welcome with spaces available especially in the morning.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Charity status

We are delighted to announce that Painting for Pleasure is now a charity, having received the news this morning!

"We are pleased to tell you that we are satisfied PAINTING FOR PLEASURE is established for charitable purposes for the public benefit. It has therefore been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1188676."

We would like to thank CAVA for all the help and advice they have given us with our application.

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Christmas Wreath Making

On our last day of term before Christmas, after the Christmas Party, we all made some fabulous wreaths for our front doors.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Press release with photos

Painting for Pleasure is a Leamington-based community group for disabled people and those with difficulties or in danger of becoming isolated, and has successfully completed their project 'Our Community - Where we live'.

This was kindly funded by the South Leamington Community Forum Grant Fund with a grant of £1,422.00.

The group celebrated the end of the project with an open day where the participants' family, friends, and the local community came to see the work produced in an art exhibition and enjoyed coffee and cake.

We also displayed boards painted by participants for the Warwick Folk Festival.

Painting for Pleasure provides painting and drawing sessions on a Wednesday during school term-time, at the Westbury Centre, South Leamington.
New members are very welcome.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Our Community - Where we Live

We would like to thank Warwickshire County Council for granting "Painting for Pleasure" a South Leamington Community Forum Grant.

We will be working on a project called "Our Community - Where we Live". Please visit again to see the artistic interpretations of our members. We have started painting some boards for Warwick Folk Festival, on the theme of "Mythical Beasts" to line the entrance to the festival.

We have space for new members. Please get in touch to find out more if you would like to join us.


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Poetry by Anna Harper

This project has lead to the general realisation that we have a wonderful poet in the group.
Her poems have become a valuable part of each canvas.

Patch me up and send me home

Patch me up and send me home
Once forgotten, haunted by the past.
Patched me up, sent me back to fight.

Not a care for how I felt as I could kill.
Worshiped by many, I'm treated like a king.
Patch me up, but don't send me back!


Remember the stories, the larks we shared,
The ones you carved hidden from the world,
Of drunken nights, we wish not to evoke.

Remember the noise, that crashing godly
Sound, of slaughtered men crying in agony.
Killed by heroes, believing they're right.