Art mementos for St Drostan’s House

A celebration and display of art work created by participants who took part in a creative arts programme is taking place at St Drostan’s House Care Home, Infirmary Street, Brechin, between 2 pm and 3.30 pm on Thursday (tomorrow).

A group of service users from the residential care centre have participated in the creative arts programme which was delivered by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in partnership with Angus Council’s Department of Social Work and Health. This the sixth in a series of programmes THAT has delivered within Angus for people living with dementia.

The eight-week art programme model has been developed by THAT for delivery in community and day care settings.

The programmes are designed to encourage people affected by dementia to explore and develop their creativity and recognise that they still have abilities and talents that can be enjoyed and celebrated. THAT actively promotes and develops creative and interesting ways of including the arts within healthcare settings across Tayside.

On display at the care home will be a collection of hand-crafted felt and print art works created by the participants attending the programme.

They were able to work closely with THAT artist Jude Gove who said: “The participants have, over the weeks, been encouraged to create pieces of work using felt making techniques, text and print, building a collection of images that will be held in book form at St Drostan’s House.

“It was also important that everyone was able to produce work that they could take away with them as individual mementos of the project.

Joining staff and participants’ families and friends will be representatives from Angus Council including, Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, Director of Social Work and Health Dr Robert Peat, Senior Manager Lorraine Young and Service Manager Jerry Forteath.

THAT Project Development Officer Karine Neill explained: “This art and dementia programme, delivered in partnership with Angus Council, has again been very positively received by everyone who took part.

“Staff at St Drostan’s have been a huge support to the project alongside Jude and THAT volunteer artist Aimee Stewart.

“The staff have commented that participants have exceeded their expectations and have been getting a very positive experience from the programme. THAT hopes to continue to work with Angus Council in the future.”

Provost Ruth Leslie Melville said: “We are delighted with the successful way all those involved have participated in this programme. Their creativity and ingenuity is inspiring.”