Artwork on display at DCA

A DISPLAY of artwork produced by people in Tayside with long term conditions, including some from Arbroath and Monifieth, has gone on display at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Colourful photo silkscreen prints and dramatic photo etchings were created by participants on the new ST/ART Printmaking Autumn and Spring School projects, part of a large number of programmes run by Tayside Health Arts Trust (THAT) for people with long term conditions.

THAT’s partnership with DCA Community & Education programme and the Dundee Print Studio has continued to develop with these additional programmes being delivered for the first time to meet an ever increasing demand on the current Summer Schools.

The project, which is supported by NHS Tayside, shows that creative engagement through the arts is of significant benefit to the health and wellbeing of those recovering from, or living with, long term conditions. THAT delivers programmes in hospitals and in the community and this is the eighth year that the ST/ART programme has been delivered in partnership with Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).

This year’s programme provided four one-day introductory sessions and two three-day summer schools, with a total of 36 participants coming together to share in the opportunity to be creative. Participants had a variety of conditions from stroke and acquired brain injury to Parkinson’s, early stage dementia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

THAT projects coordinator Chris Kelly said: “This event is a celebration of our two latest programmes, the Autumn School that we held last October and the Spring School which was completed last week. We previously only delivered a large run of Summer School programmes but they have become so popular that we decided to add further programmes in autumn and spring to cope with demand.

“We recruit from all the long term conditions groups that we have recently worked with and now have one-day introductory sessions for those who have never been before.”

The printmaking display is open to the public and will be on view until Monday April 1. It features framed printmaking artworks created by participants from the two most recent programmes.