ST/ART at Stracathro

Pictured are patients from the stroke unit with Elspeth Collier(Lead Artsit) and Sarah Beattie (volunteer artist). Picture by Matthew Neve.
Pictured are patients from the stroke unit with Elspeth Collier(Lead Artsit) and Sarah Beattie (volunteer artist). Picture by Matthew Neve.

The Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Stracathro Hospital is the venue for a display and celebration of artwork created by inpatients on an arts programme.

ST/ART is an arts project for stroke participants and is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside. It is one of a range of art programmes for people with Long Term Conditions currently being delivered by THAT.

Lead Artist Elspeth Collier has been working with stroke patients in the Rehabilitation Unit at Stracathro over the past three months.

She has taken them through a programme of Creative Engagement using a wide range of visual arts techniques.

Participants received both one-to-one sessions with Elspeth who was supported by occupational therapy assistant Pam Southern.

The group were also able to join Elspeth and Sarah Beattie, a THAT volunteer artist, at weekend art sessions.

A selection of work produced by the group will be on show including drawings, paintings collages and a number of painted clay objects.

Family, friends and staff will also be joining members of the art group to celebrate their final display.

Debbie Robertson, senior charge nurse at the unit, has been closely involved in supporting the programme and said: “This has been the first time I have been involved in the planning and I have been very pleased with how things have gone.

“The staff look forward to this every year and are always amazed at the different artworks that people produce.

“To see patients producing new and different works of art while they are here in hospital recovering from a very serious illness is quite remarkable and very beneficial.”

Chris Kelly, the ST/ART Project Co-ordinator, she said: “This has been another very successful programme at Stracathro

“The support and commitment of staff with these art sessions has been very important and has contributed to the ongoing success.

“By involving the artist in the multidisciplinary team and encouraging and supporting patients’ participation, the staff are helping to maximise the impact that the programme can have.

“It is this quality of partnership working with NHS Tayside that provides patients with such a positive inpatient experience.”