THE SALVATION Army Hall, Marketgate, on Monday hosted an art display of works created by people living with Parkinson’s disease.
The Painting for Parkinson’s art programme is funded by Awards for All and run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside, with support from the Arbroath Parkinson’s Group.
THAT promotes the therapeutic value of arts based programmes to enhance quality of life, to promote social inclusion, to empower the individual helping to make a significant contribution to their health and well-being.
Over the eight-week arts programme, the group worked with local artist Ashley McGregor and volunteer THAT artist Mairi Dryden. Using a variety of collage, painting and printing techniques members created a selection of artworks which were displayed at the Salvation Army Hall from 1.30 until 3.30 p.m.
Members used the theme of travel, and created postcards and stamps using collage. Their work explored abstract landscape paintings and participants were encouraged to think of places they had been which they enjoyed - somewhere that holds special memories.
Parkinson’s is a neurological condition that can affect movement such as walking, swallowing and writing. Sufferers can also experience tiredness and a loss of confidence making some people living with Parkinson’s adapt their lifestyles which can result in them withdrawing socially.
Ashley explained: “This group has been tremendous to work with and they have really enjoyed developing their creativity and gaining confidence in their ability while having fun at the same time.
Karine Neill, Development Officer, said: “Members of the Parkinson’s group have challenged themselves as creative individuals and with encouragement and support they have, over the eight-week period, grown in confidence and ability.”