Art exhibition at Old and Abbey Arbroath

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Ceramic art work created by people with long term conditions was displayed at Old and Abbey Church in Arbroath on Tuesday.

The display was created as part of a ceramic arts programme run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT).

The programme was organised as part of THAT’S Long Term Conditions Creative Engagement Project, in association with NHS Tayside and Creative Scotland. The project is also supported by Alzheimer Scotland Angus Services staff.

THAT promotes creative engagement using a variety of different art forms to enhance participant’s health and wellbeing.

Participants in the ceramic arts programme were given the opportunity to create a range of works, including mugs, vases and coasters. They also worked together to create a group ceramic art work for Alzheimer Scotland Angus Services.

Lead artist Fran Marquis and volunteer artist John Burness have been working with the group over the past two months to explore clay techniques and encourage each participant to produce a collection of pieces which reflect their own personal designs and ideas.

Fran said, “Ceramics is such a tactile process and everyone really enjoys handling the clay. It has been great to have everyone involved. This has let us move forward as a group working together but also allowing participants to create things that can be personal to them.”

Karine Neill, development officer for THAT, said, “Fran has had previous experience of working with THAT and with people living with dementia and other long term ill health conditions.

“It was important that this was an achievable approach for people and the invitation to participate was extended to include some carers and family members.

“I am really pleased again that Alzheimer Scotland Angus Services staff have supported this project, which is valuable in creating a great response to the programme.”

Pat Brodlie, of Alzheimer Scotland Angus Services, said, “It is marvellous the way the group responds to working with the artists from THAT.

“This is the fourth opportunity we have had to work with THAT and the art programmes always open people up to new ways of working and representing themselves.

“I am sure the finished pieces have given them all a thrill in their achievements.”