Artists make headway

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AN ARBROATH medical centre is the venue of a new exhibition featuring work created by patients who have brain injuries.

Springfield Medical Centre is hosting the display of art work specially created by members of the Headway Tayside Arbroath group.

The display, which features images of local landmark the Bell Rock Lighthouse, has been made possible by ST/ART, an arts project for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside.

ST/ART is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside and is one of a range of art programmes delivered by THAT for people with long term conditions.

Headway Tayside Arbroath Group is part of the national charity Headway which aims to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers.

Lead artist Jude Gove and volunteer artist Laura Walker have been working with the group over the last three months guiding them through a creative engagement programme using drawing and lino cut printing techniques to explore the Bell Rock Lighthouse theme.

Over the course of the programme members of the group have developed their drawing skills and learned new printing techniques.

Chris Kelly, ST/ART project co-ordinator, said: “We have a long standing and important partnership with Headway Tayside where we have worked together on their annual programme for a number of years now.

“This year Jude challenged the Arbroath participants to explore a single theme and the group chose the Bell Rock Lighthouse as a symbol of Arbroath.

“They have gone on to produce a variety of prints both which have been made up into books as a further memento.”

Meanwhile lead artist Jude Gove said: “I knew that the lino cutting might be a bit tricky for some because it needs a lot of control but I was confident that, with support, we would get the participants working well, even those using their non-preferred hand - and we did.

“They really got into it and they had a great time, creating some lovely work which we’re all very impressed with.”