A special exhibition of work created by people attending occupational therapy groups within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has opened at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Supported by Glasgow Addiction Services, the exhibition, “Recovering Ordinary Lives: A Creative Journey”, has been installed in the “Community Space” area on the ground floor of the building and was opened by NHSGGC’s Chief Executive Robert Calderwood.
It will run until September 17 and is a mix of photography, ceramics, collage and paintings. The research and preparation behind the exhibits led to extensive exploration of the community, local galleries and collaboration with other agencies.
The display features many iconic Glasgow landmarks, such as the city’s 12th century cathedral, the Finnieston Crane, the Barrowland sign and the millennium Glasgow tower.
Maureen Sullivan, Lead Occupational Therapist with NHSGGC, explained the thinking behind the exhibition:
“Occupational therapists identified an opportunity to facilitate creative projects to support social and psychological recovery from a range of problems including physical, mental health and addiction.
“It is a therapeutic way of encouraging people to realise their potential by developing new skills and building confidence and self belief.”
This was echoed by one of the group members: “Before this project we felt art was not an every day part of our lives.
“We hope this exhibition speaks to visitors to Kelvingrove and inspires them in the way it did for us and gives them the courage to make a change and not be afraid to try something new.”
Maureen and her team were also keen to emphasise the important role families and friends can play in the recovery journey and added their thanks for the support given to the contributors.
Mr Calderwood added: “This exhibition is an excellent example of how art can revitalise people’s lives, support their recovery and play a positive role in their communities.
“The range of exhibits in different artistic mediums reflects a very imaginative approach and I wish all of the contributors the very best for the future.”
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]