Printmaking Summer School Celebration in Dundee
WEDNESDAY, 30 AUGUST, 2017
EMBARGOED UNTIL PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: 5.30PM, FRIDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER, ACTIVITY ROOM, DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS (DCA), 152 NETHERGATE, DUNDEE
Printmaking Summer School Celebration at DCA
A wide range of bold prints created by people from across Tayside with long-term health conditions was displayed today (Friday) at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).
The vibrant collection of prints was created by participants of the ST/ART@DCA summer school programmes, part of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) ongoing partnership with the DCA Learning Programme.
Participants living with a long-term condition, such as stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, have attended the summer school programmes throughout July and August.
Freelance printmaking tutors, DCA Learning staff, and THAT volunteer artists worked closely with 24 participants during four different summer school programmes. The participants were introduced to a range of artistic techniques, including lino-cutting, mono printing and screenprinting.
The celebration reception to mark the conclusion of the summer programme was held in the DCA Activity Room where art work created by the participants will be on display until Wednesday, 6 September.
Some of the participants’ comments included:
• “It’s been a really enjoyable experience and encouraged me to get out and try something new.”
• “When can I do the next group?”
• “Although I was very tired due to concentrating and learning a new skill, the help was marvellous. I enjoyed meeting new people and socialising.”
Project coordinator for THAT Chris Kelly said, “The display is a marvellous showcase of this year’s summer schools and a celebration of every participant’s achievements within their programme and the work that they have produced.
“The final display of the work in the DCA is a great way to celebrate their achievements and bring all the groups together as one.”
Scott Hudson, DCA Learning coordinator, said, “The ST/ART@DCA Project partnership is a significant strand of our programme at DCA and is well established in the print studio and galleries.
“By involving participants across the whole of DCA we are taking a further step in integrating this work, which THAT has shown significantly enhances participants’ health and wellbeing.
“We are always aiming to bring people into DCA who may otherwise think that this kind of activity is beyond their abilities and this is a very strong example of partnership working in the community.”
ST/ART is an arts project primarily for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside, which is run by THAT in association with NHS Tayside. DCA Learning Programme has support from RJ Larg Family Trust and the Leng Charitable Trust.
NHS Tayside Communications