Words for Wellbeing programme

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People with long-term conditions took part in a creative ‘Behind the Scenes’ project at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) has been working with Perth Museum and Art Gallery Collections to provide an exciting opportunity for people living with a variety of long-term conditions (LTC) to participate in a creative Words for Wellbeing programme.

The group accessed the museum’s archived photographs and artefacts, which stimulated memories, discussion, and creative narratives. The group was supported by novelist and educator Zoe Venditozzi.

The narrative work created by the group is part of an exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery called Collective Memories: City Hall and Perth Museum, which opened in December.

The programme is part of THAT’s mixed LTC Perth & Kinross creative engagement project delivery for Perth City, in partnership with Culture Perth and Kinross.

One participant said, “I love learning new things. This programme has given me new curiosity. It’s been really interesting and I’ve loved how sociable it is.”

THAT project development officer Karine Neill said, “This programme has been a great opportunity for people to look at what is “behind the scenes”.  Zoe led great conversations and there has been lots of laughter.

“Perth Museum and Art Gallery Collections officer Paul Adair also gave us access to archived materials that stimulated participants’ writing.”

The Words for Wellbeing programme is supported by NHS Tayside, The Gannochy Trust, The Robertson Trust and Forteviot Trust.

For more information about the programme please contact Karine Neill on 01382 835509.

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