A selection of short animations created by people in Tayside with long-term health conditions were screened at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).
The animated films were developed by participants of the ST/ART@DCA spring school programmes, part of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) annual partnership with the DCA Learning Team.
Participants from across Tayside living with long-term conditions such as stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain have attended the spring school programmes throughout March.
ST/ART is an arts project for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside, which is run by THAT, in association with NHS Tayside.
DCA Learning Team staff, freelance animators and THAT volunteer artists worked closely with two groups of participants, during the spring school programmes, letting them explore their own ideas using various techniques in stop-frame animation.
Chris Kelly, projects coordinator for THAT, said, “Today’s (Friday) event is to showcase the great work done during this year’s spring school animation programmes and celebrate every participant’s contribution to the project. To be able to share the animated work with friends and family on the big screen in the DCA cinema is a great way to celebrate the participant’s achievements.
“This is part of a larger year round partnership we have with the DCA Learning Team that also includes an extensive printmaking summer school and autumn school programme, and a number of gallery talks throughout the year.”
Scott Hudson, DCA Learning Coordinator, said, “The ST/ART Project partnership is an important part of our programme at DCA and introduces all participants to the print studio, the galleries and the cinema. We know, and can see that these programmes enhance participant’s health and well being and bring people into DCA who may otherwise think that this kind of activity was beyond them.”
The screening was followed by a reception in the DCA activity room where models and equipment were on display and participants were able to discuss their experience of the programme with their invited guests.