THE SALVATION Army Hall in Arbroath will be the venue on Monday of a display of artworks 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.
This is one of a range of art programmes for people with Long Term Conditions currently being delivered by THAT.
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 wellbeing.
Over the eight-week arts programme, the group worked with local artist Ashley McGregor and volunteer THAT artist Mairi Dryden focusing on the theme of travel. Using a variety of collage, painting and printing techniques the group created a selection of artworks which will be displayed at the Salvation Army Hall from 1.30 until 3.30 p.m.
The group has used the theme of travel, and created postcards and stamps using collage. The work has explored abstract landscape paintings and participants have been encouraged to think of places they have 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. They 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, THAT Development Officer, added: “The Parkinson’s group members have challenged themselves as creative individuals and with encouragement and support they have, over the eight-week period, grown in confidence and ability.”