On 14th February 2019 Switalskis’ Knaresborough branch held a launch event for our newly refurbished office.
Previously a Steel-Switalskis location, the Knaresborough office is now aligned with our Switalskis branding. Attendees were able to see the new look of the office, as well as enjoy the delicious food and drink! The response to the refurbishment was very positive and we thank all those who gave us valuable comments.
Among the attendees was the young artist James Owen Thomas, aged 17 from Pateley Bridge, who created the piece of art work that we now have in our reception. The print is a collage of the well-known viaduct across the River Nidd in Knaresborough. It was cleverly created from scratch cards that James collected off the street that have been hole punched. When collecting the scratch cards James told us that he often sees homeless people nearby, which inspired him to start donating money to the charities Harrogate Homeless and Shelter.
James was born is Eastbourne, East Sussex, and has always been fascinated by the landscapes around him, as well as taking an interest in visiting art galleries. The mosaic style media he produces stems from this passion, with the Knaresborough collage being one of the latest pieces.
We spoke to James about charities which we have been involved with, including the Autistic Society and our support for the national conference in previous years. James himself has autism, therefore it is important to us that we are able to support him in his artistic pursuit and we are proud to be able to feature his work in our office.