The Kings and Festival Theatres are working hard to become dementia-friendly communities. Thus, The Studio, 22 Potterrow, isÂ dedicating 10/11th November to exhibiting work by artists who are living with dementia andÂ their careers.
‘Treasures from the Attic’, a collection of work by artists living with dementia and by friends and family caring for them,Â was featured on STV Edinburgh Live at 5 (available on catch up) on Thursday 3 November prior to the official opening on Friday 4 November. The exhibition will be open to the public between 10 am and 4 pm on Thursday 10 November and Friday 11 November, 10-4.Â (A full programme of four exhibitions per year will follow from January 2017).
Artist Fiona Richard, Patron of the Festival and King’s Theatres, will manage the space and curate the exhibitions to help raise awareness of dementia. Fiona currently also works as a volunteer for Alzheimer Scotland
On creating a platform for artists living with dementia, she says: ‘I am extremely honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to curate and manage this fantastic gallery space for an amazing cause. As an artist I understand the therapeutic nature of creativity. The process, the experience and the end result of creating work generates such a positive feeling. To then have your work exhibited and appreciated is very special.’
Borders-based artist and former art teacher Janet Canning, whose husband is living with dementia, commented on the ways of coping and the importance of having a creative outlet saying: ‘We have pulled on our resource of humour and, where I am concerned, hang on to my creative background. Drawing and painting in watercolour has offered an escape.’ (Janet’s picture is featured in the heading)
Kate Steward, whose work will be feature at the Gallery says: ‘My painting and drawings reflect my ongoing journey of caring for a relative living with Alzheimer’s, giving a family member’s perspective of the challenges and triumphs involved.
The Gallery is supported by Alzheimer Scotland and Life Changes Trust who awarded funding to the Festival and King’s Theatres in 2015 to launch Forget Me Not, a pioneering collaborative project designed to creative dementia friendly communities at the heart of our cultural venues.
Following the success of a recent exhibition of work by East Kilbride dementia activist/artist Edward McLaughlin, The Gallery at The Studio will be managed as an ongoing art space from November 2016.
The Studio has a separate entrance at 22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. The gallery is on the second floor of the studio building. There is a lift and the building is fully accessible.
The Forget Me Not Coordinator Paul Hudson may be contacted at Paul.Hudson@edtheatres.com or by telephone on 0131 622 844.
Further information from Catherine Bromley, Head of Press and Communication, Festival Theatres Trust. Â Catherine.email@example.com telephone 0131 622 8088 and Fiona Richard at email Fiona_richard@hotmail.com