A display of bold prints created by people living with long-term health conditions was unveiled at a celebration event at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).
Participants from across Tayside who live with long-term conditions such as the effects of stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, attended the ST/ART@DCA summer school programme. The programme is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in partnership with the DCA Learning Programme.
DCA learning staff, printmaking tutors, and THAT volunteer artists worked closely with 21 participants during four different summer school programmes.
The participants were introduced to a range of artistic techniques, including lino-cutting, dry point printing and screen printing.
A celebration reception to mark the end of the summer programme was held in the DCA Activity Room where a selection of the art work by participants was on display.
Some of the participants’ comments included:
“The three day programme has given me confidence. I have met some lovely people and enjoyed learning something new.”
“The programme helped me forget about my pain. I feel part of a little community and I’m not alone.”
“It has helped me to have more confidence to express myself and to be part of a group. It helped lift my mood and I got the chance to enjoy things I love doing.”
THAT project coordinator Chris Kelly said, “This event is a marvellous showcase of the achievements of the summer schools participants and the work that they have created.
“The celebration reception in the DCA is a great way to acknowledge their achievements and bring all the groups together as one.”
DCA learning coordinator Scott Hudson said, “The ST/ART@DCA Project partnership is an important strand of our programming and has a well established identity here at DCA.
“By continuing to involve participants across the whole of DCA we are fully integrating this work, which THAT has shown significantly enhances participant’s health and wellbeing.
“We always aim to bring people into DCA who may otherwise think that this activity is beyond their abilities and this is a very strong example of partnership working in the community.”
DCA Learning Programme has support from RJ Larg Family Trust and the Leng Charitable Trust.