Katie's Diary

The creative genius of Martin McGoff

20th March 2015

Martin McGoff has been an artist since his childhood.  He has always preferred to use his spare time creatively, and likes to have sketch pads and crayons with him most of the time. Before Martin came to live in ubu independent supported flat, his artistic talent for drawing and painting was largely ignored. But he has been encouraged and enabled to rediscover his artistic and creative side, to amazing results. Middlesbrough has a new star in the art world.

Martin was supported to continue with his art work at a local centre which offers people with learning disabilities at a variety of community resources in the Middlesbrough area. Martin now has access to variety of materials to use to develop his creativity and talents. This has been a boom to his artistic growth, as now Martin explores textiles, mosaic, and sculpture-making media, and a booming handcraft business has blossomed. For example at Christmas, Martin made seasonal gifts, depicting robins made of felt mounted and sown onto cards. They were outstandingly beautiful and have been bought enthusiastically by the general public.  

He also crafts trinket boxes which are made with an amazing amount of detail. His work is always remarkable, as well as beautiful. Martin is continuing to work on various projects and is currently on a clay modelling course which will help him to develop his skills even further.

Martin loves working with mosaics and has been making large pictures inspired by his local area. His work as you can see from the images here is very bold and colourful. Just recently, his work was exhibited at a local gallery to critical acclaim.

But his array of talents doesn’t stop here! With support from his ubu enabling team Martin takes music lessons and he is skilled at playing music by ear on his key board and his guitar. He is also learning to speak French and is taking a course discovering the art of French cuisine … followed by planning a visit to France sometime in the near future to test it all out!

ubu believes that every person should be allowed to reach their full potential and achieve their individual dreams. We listen, and work together with the people we serve to develop their journey that will enable them to live the life they envision for themselves -- to be happy and become the diverse people they should be. People like Martin are an amazing example of how this model of support can result in great outcomes. 

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