MS artists on a creative journey

The local MS Group meeting in St Andrews Church Hall on Tuesday with helpers and members of the Angud and Perth groups.
The local MS Group meeting in St Andrews Church Hall on Tuesday with helpers and members of the Angud and Perth groups.

An Arbroath church was showcasing the creative side of MS sufferers earlier this week with a special art exhibition.

St Andrew’s Church provided a venue for the an exhibition of work created by participants of the Creativity and MS arts programme.

The programme was delivered by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in partnership with the Angus branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland (MSSS).

During the eight week programme the group explored a range of art forms such as book-making, drawing, painting, collage and print-making.

They also produced small concertina books which have acted as a catalyst for a larger art work with the theme and medium chosen by individual participants.

Lead THAT artist Fran Law was assisted in the task by volunteers Gail Murray, a physiotherapist and occupational therapist from NHS Tayside and Alan Mills a volunteer from the Angus branch of MSSS.

Fran said: “This process of working is about encouraging people to have a journey of learning and exploring, and for individuals to input a personal meaning. It has been a challenge and everyone has responded very well to it.”

THAT arts development officer Karine Neill was pleased with the success of partnership between NHS Tayside and MS Angus. She said: “This shared experience of working together and taking part in this art programme has resulted in some very interesting examples of individual pieces of art work from the participants.”

THAT creates programmes for people with particular health conditions which are designed to encourage those affected to explore and develop their creativity.

For further information about art programmes delivered by THAT please contact Karine Neill on 01382 423065 or email kneill@nhs.net