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College workers come clean about their quiet creativity

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

Cleaners Diane Watson-Hunt, John Cartwright, Owen Hughes, Helen Moore and Frieda Eva, five participants in the show which ends today.

Cleaners Diane Watson-Hunt, John Cartwright, Owen Hughes, Helen Moore and Frieda Eva, five participants in the show which ends today.

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A DIFFERENT side to the cleaning staff at Tremough has been seen this week.

Inspired by the artistic culture of the campus, the group produced their own exhibition of work.

Alongside the work of students on display are poems, photographs and books produced by the 19 cleaners.

A Cleaner Perspective was the idea of former student Helen Moore, a cleaner at the site for the past three years.

She asked her colleagues to fill an exhibition space within the Tremough Library with whatever they wished.

"The result is a diverse range of work on display," Ms Moore said.

"Students, staff and the public have a rare chance to view this unseen side to the cleaners: a personality behind the quiet early risers and regimented bin-emptying routines."

Cleaner Jerry Padfield said: "Cleaners often go unnoticed or ignored, but this exhibition shows they're creative individuals and it also highlights the diversity of people at the campus, something which is often forgotten."

And Jo Clements added: "Waking up so early every day to clean made me give up my social life and late-night drinking sessions, but it also enabled me to be far more productive and wake up to see the sunrise: to have those few hours in the morning to clear my head, generally gather my creative thoughts and think about projects I wanted and needed to do.

"The exhibition has allowed us to be seen as humans, not just machines, and express ourselves, all in very different and unique ways."

A Cleaner Perspective finishes today.

Those staff members exhibiting their work are Helen Moore, Edd Kelly, Annemarie Bala, Delia Spatareanu, Frieda Eva, Diane Watson-Hunt, Sam Walker-Smart, Jerry Padfield, Esther Lesser, Melissa Hall, David Tong, Ian Austwick, Jo Clement, Derek Baker, Edward Cartwright, John Cartwright, Eamonn Kane, Owen Hughes and Julian Barford.

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