Classes create positivity

FDAMH service users display their creative work
FDAMH service users display their creative work

Falkirk’s Mental Health Association (FDAMH) service users feel the benefits of art – gaining confidence with every stroke of the paintbrush.

The art classes have been running each week in the Community Education Centre in Park Street, Falkirk, with art tutor Donna Owens giving advice and guidance on techniques and tricks of the artistic trade.

The participants, ranging from people in their 30s to people in their 60s, have been doing so well they are now about to exhibit their work in public.

FDAMH arts officer Emily Stewart said: “I looked at all the work and saw they were doing a fantastic job so I thought, why can’t we put their work out there for other people to see?

“Falkirk Town Hall agreed to let us use their upstairs gallery. It would be great if people with interests in art or the mental health community could come along and see the drawings.”

Emily has talked to the FDAMH service users about the exhibition and they all agreed they could not wait to have their creations on public display.

“Some of them will be quite apprehensive and worried about the feedback their work will get, but most are quite interested to see how it will be received.

“Being creative has helped them build up their self esteem.”

The exhibition’s opening night is on Friday, February 5. People can attend at the FTH gallery in the days following the event to see the work.