Bold printmaking and craftwork created by stroke inpatients went on display at the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Stracathro Hospital today.
The work was created as part of the annual ST/ART art programme, an engagement project for stroke participants which is delivered across Tayside. The project is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside.
Artist Jude Gove has been working with inpatients at the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit over the past four months, tailoring the process to suit the participants using a variety of printmaking and crafts techniques, including mono and linocut printmaking, screenprinting and textile products.
Participants in the programme received one-to-one sessions and also had the opportunity to join in weekend group sessions which allow participants to work together in a social atmosphere.
A wide range of the work produced by the group is on display, including prints, bags, cushions and lampshades.
Chris Kelly, the ST/ART project coordinator, said, “It is always fascinating to see a new group of participants explore different materials and processes. The work is always highly individual and they discover that being creative contributes to their rehabilitation and is good for their health and wellbeing.
“Jude is highly experienced and her relationship with the unit staff is very strong. The work we do would be impossible without the support and belief of the staff and we really appreciate their commitment which is important to the ongoing success of the programme.”
Jude explained, “It has been great to be back at Stracathro again and engage the patients in such a positive way. Over time we have evolved the work I deliver and this year is a strong development of the printed textile ideas we tried last year.
“At first most participants think they will not be able to do much at all but are amazed and delighted to discover that they can. We can then work together to create some very accomplished works like the lampshades which is a really positive, empowering experience for them.”
Charge nurse Sandie Japp added, “We know that each year the art programme helps each individual differently but we are still amazed at what people achieve.
“The work that patients produce and the impact that working with the artist can have is remarkable! It’s fantastic to have the work on display and see it all on show together.”