THE GALLERY AT THE STUDIO
As part of the ongoing project to make the King’s and Festival Theatres dementia friendly communities, the exhibition space at The Studio, 22 Potterrow will be dedicated to exhibiting work by artists who are living with dementia and artists who care for people living with dementia.
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.
‘Treasures from the Attic’, a collection of work by artists living with dementia and by friends and family caring for people living with dementia will officially launch the exhibition space. It will be open to the public on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November, 10am-4pm and a full programme of four exhibitions per year will follow from January 2017.
Artist Fiona Richard, a longstanding 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 (53), 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.’
Kate Stewart, whose work will be featured 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 at The Studio 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 create dementia friendly communities at the heart of our cultural venues.
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.