Treasures from the Attic

The Kings and Festival Theatres are working hard to become dementia-friendly communities. Thus, The Studio, 22 Potterrow, is dedicating 10/11th November to exhibiting work by artists who are living with dementia and their careers.

‘Treasures from the Attic’, a collection of work by artists living with dementia and by friends and family caring for them, 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. (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

fiona-rOn 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 or by telephone on 0131 622 844.

Further information from Catherine Bromley, Head of Press and Communication, Festival Theatres Trust. telephone 0131 622 8088 and Fiona Richard at email


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Christine Richard OBE FRSA Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.

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