Diggle painter shares unique exhibition based on sounds

A TALENTED painter from Diggle is to stage a unique exhibition of her work… based on sounds.

Diana Terry, who has suffered from tinnitus since she was a child, is working on a stunning series of pictures which is on show at Gallery Oldham this month.

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ARTIST: Diana in her Woodend Mill studio in Mossley

A keen walker in Saddleworth’s hills, her illustrations normally feature breathtaking views.

But her latest works, under the heading ‘On the Edge’, capture the feelings of panic and vertigo she sometimes feels while walking the moors.

Diana explained: “I enjoy walking because of the space and freedom it gives but sometimes I can feel very anxious in these places.

“After taking part in a project Drawn to Music in Manchester, where sound was interpreted by drawing, I began to keep a visual record of the noises in my ears.

“I use inks and pencils, working very quickly choosing colours and lines spontaneously. This also calls up feelings of stress as the condition gets worse.”

Diana, who has two masters degrees in Art and Architecture, has produced a small book of the drawings to sell at her show’s preview day, with profits dedicated to the British Tinnitus Association.

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CREATIVE: Diana with some of her work

She is married to Peter Ashworth, the founder of the Saddleworth Morris Men, and added: “He is my second pair of ears. I couldn’t survive without him.

“He encouraged and supported me in applying and doing the work for the exhibition.”

Nic Wray, a spokesperson for the British Tinnitus Association, said: “Work or leisure pursuits can help to provide a worthwhile focus to help a person with tinnitus ‘forget’ the intrusive noises.

“Simple self-help techniques such as using sound or relaxation exercises can also help the one in ten UK adults who have this persistent problem.”

Diana’s exhibition at Gallery Oldham has its preview on Saturday, September 12 from 1-4pm then the exhibition runs until Saturday, November 7.

The British Tinnitus Association, who provide help and support to people with tinnitus, can be contacted on 0800 018 0527 or go online: www.tinnitus.org.uk


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