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Artistic Flair

Friday, 25 September 2015

Residents in Abbotsford Tayside View have been adding the Art to the Tay at this care home by the waterfront. Working with local artist Mary Fairgrieve, (from Face This Way) residents have been creating new art work which is lining the wall of the Care Home.

Newburgh has long been seen as an arty town with many unique galleries and shops celebrating Scottish creative talent. At Abbotsford Tayside View in Newburgh, a Care Home for both Older Adults and Younger Adults who require care, residents have been developing artistic flair and celebrating by sharing work of their own.

Local Artist Mary Fairgrieve from Face This Way, has been working with a group of residents for over a year and has seen their confidence develop as she works with them. Mary says 'I enjoy being part of the team involved in helping the care home residents feel a sense of achievement. Spending time with them each week creating art I have noticed a big improvement in their confidence to take on challenges.' Using a variety of art materials and resources, residents have been choosing art work to try to re-create, ranging from classical to modern art, finding out about the artists and different painting styles they used along the way.

In particular Steven, who has been a resident at Abbotsford in Newburgh for the last 18 months, has thrived from the opportunity to get arty. Neither Steven nor his family had realized that he had an artistic flair which has been nurtured by our visiting art teacher. Through months of building confidence Steven has begun to realise his own potential.

Steven confesses that he could hardly hold a brush due to his nerves at the start however now he is producing work which has been warmly admired by his fellow residents, staff and many visiting health professionals. Due to the quality of the art work, the walls of the Care Home are adorned by original art work from Steven and other members of Mary's art group. Steven said that 'Painting has given me a purpose and I like to see my work admired by others.'

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