The Resonance of Seclusion

In the year 2000 artist Joash Woodrow left his home in Leeds for the final time to move to a new life in sheltered housing in North Manchester. Having lived as a recluse for almost 40 years few people could believe what was discovered when the contents of the house were finally revealed. Despite his apparent seclusion Joash had painted and drawn throughout his life filling, the rooms of the normal suburban semi with over 700 paintings, 3000 drawings and hundreds and hundred of books.

Join Small Things to discover an extraordinary story inspired by one man’s unstoppable drive to create and the equally unstoppable support of his family that made his artistic life a reality.

A story of amazing discoveries, journeys that last over the years and brothers quietly growing old together.

“Such a touching story… A privilege to experience.”


“Lovely story, quirky and individual.”

“Completely perfect. Left me feeling immersed in wonder.”

“The air of a bedtime story, moving performances and an audience that didn’t move at the end. Beautiful.”

“I swear us audience stopped breathing at times. Just wonderful.”

“Quirky and stylish… a novel treat.”

“Lovely moving story-telling… Family, love, life and art.”


“Simply beautiful… Touching story of humility and family love. We salute you Joash Woodrow”

Image courtesy of Ewan McCaffrey

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