Working together to improve health

Evelun Walsh, Alex Ross and Ann Ritchie with an impressive large panelled teapot which the group created for use in the future.
Evelun Walsh, Alex Ross and Ann Ritchie with an impressive large panelled teapot which the group created for use in the future.

A new ceramic art exhibition created by members of the Forfar Stroke Group went on display at their meeting at Forfar Fire Station last Tuesday.

The artwork, which was displayed in the Forfar Fire Station training room, was produced as part of the ST/ART arts project.

ST/ART is an arts project for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside. This popular project is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT), in association with NHS Tayside.

The ceramic art programme is one of a range of creative engagement programmes for people with long term conditions currently being delivered by THAT.

Participants, family and friends visiting the exhibition got the opportunity to view and discuss examples of work produced by the group during the art sessions. Artist Fran Marquis and volunteer Isabel Byers have been working with the group over the past two months encouraging each member to explore the ceramic techniques to produce a collection of pieces that carry their own personal designs and ideas.

Fran said: “Ceramics is such a tactile process and everyone really enjoys handling the clay. This has let us move forward as a group working together but also allowed participants to create things that were personal to them.”

Chris Kelly,THAT Projects Co-ordinator, added: “The group have been very motivated throughout the process. It is constantly growing and changing so although some participants have worked with us before there are also new members who are getting involved with art for the first time.”