art and arthritis: Exploring Diagnoses

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30th September - 8th October 2016 Arthritis Care in Scotland’s Young People and Families Service presents ARThritis: Exploring Diagnosis; an exhibition of work created by 10-18 year olds with arthritis and related conditions. The installation explores and seeks to communicate what it is like being diagnosed and living with a chronic condition at a young age.

Moving through the space the exhibition takes you from first symptoms through to point of diagnosis and life after diagnosis with a condition that is usually considered an ‘older persons disease’. The work aims to give the viewer an insight into the symptoms and experiences of these young people including the pain and isolation felt by many.

The exhibition is a culmination of a year’s work for Arthritis Care’s Joint Creativity project which has been supported by Children in Need. The work was created over three one day workshops held across Scotland. Each workshop explored the topic using a different medium or format and so the exhibition has sculptural pieces, video installations, paper based work as well as elements of environmental art an aspects which was worked on collaboratively with TCV Scotland. 

The work has been driven by Joint Creativity’s Lead Artists, Clare Hyatt and Jay O’Reilly both arts graduates who have used their experiences of arthritis to inform their practice and act as a therapeutic way to manage their symptoms and emotions. The delivery of the exhibition and workshops has also been supported by the project’s Support Volunteers, Erin Candlish and Sam Matson.

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