Stroke group’s wa­ter­colours given pride of place at fire sta­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

A se­lec­tion of wa­ter­colour paint­ings cre­ated by mem­bers of the For­far Stroke Group went on dis­play yes­ter­day.

The art­work, on show in For­far Fire Sta­tion’s train­ing room, was pro­duced as part of the ST/ART arts project, for stroke and brain in­jury par­tic­i­pants across Tay­side.

This project is run by Tay­side Health­care Arts Trust (That) with NHS Tay­side.

The wa­ter­colour pro­gramme is one of a range for peo­ple with long term con­di­tions.

Dur­ing the eight ses­sions, par­tic­i­pants ex­per­i­mented with dif­fer­ent tech­niques us­ing salt, cling film, rollers and com­bin­ing el­e­ments us­ing col­lage.

Lead artist Shona Barr and vol­un­teer artist Tarka Heath worked with the group and en­cour­aged each mem­ber to pro­duce a range of pieces ex­plor­ing the wa­ter­colour tech­niques, be­fore ap­ply­ing them to their in­di­vid­ual fi­nale pieces.

Shona said, “Work­ing with wa­ter­colours is such an ex­pres­sive process that ev­ery­one can en­joy, re­gard­less of the out­comes of their stroke.

“The group has been en­grossed from the very start and has pro­duced some won­der­ful work.”

Chris Kelly, That projects co­or­di­na­tor, added: “The group has re­sponded very well to Shona’s pro­gramme and we have seen the en­thu­si­asm grow every week.”

He said it was the first time the group has painted with wa­ter­colours.

That was set up in 2002 and pro­motes cre­ativ­ity us­ing dif­fer­ent art forms.

Gareth Jen­nings. Pic­ture:

The For­far Stroke Group with its wa­ter­colour paint­ings, which are go­ing on dis­play at the town’s fire sta­tion.

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