Falkirk arts group launches exhibition after winning lottery cash

A community arts group hopes to expand thanks to a £3,000 cash boost from the National Lottery.

Art exhibition painting of horse in a field

Barony and Loretto Care Arts Group, part of Wheatley Group, supports people with learning disabilities and mental health issues in Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The arts group is also holding its first ever public art exhibition in Falkirk from 3-30th September 2019 with the support of Falkirk Community Trust. More than 50 pieces of work will be on display at ‘Seasons’ art, tapestry, and photography exhibition.

The lottery cash will be used to extend the service for a further year and reach even more people who need support. This will include hiring a hall, providing art lessons and buying more equipment and materials for the people they work with.

Falkirk Community Schools, part of Falkirk Council, have also donated £1,200 to the Arts Group.

Emma Thomson, Service Development Lead, said:  “We are absolutely delighted to receive this grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. It means the world to us and will allow us to keep the weekly art, photography and tapestry group running for a further year.

“Many of the people we work for have learning disabilities or mental health issues. Some people are very socially isolated. They live on their own and don’t have any family or friends. They’ve told us that the group gives them the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and has given them a sense of community and belonging.

“The people we work for are so proud and excited to have their art work exhibited for the very first time at ‘Seasons’ art exhibition. Seeing their work on display to the public helps to make them feel valued and gives them a strong sense of achievement.

“We are very grateful to Falkirk Community Trust and the many local businesses, individuals and organisations who have supported us with donations, raffle prizes and art supplies.

“They have made the art group’s dream of a public exhibition come true and we hope that this will be the first of many exhibitions.”

‘Seasons’ art exhibition is being held from 3-30 September at The Gallery, Falkirk Town Hall Theatre, West Bridge, Street Falkirk, FK15 5RS. Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm. Free entry.

The following have supported Barony and Loretto Care Arts Group: Behind The Wall Falkirk, Clydesdale Bank Falkirk, Seagull Trust Falkirk, Asda Grangemouth, Morrison’s Falkirk, Co-Operative Newcarron Village Falkirk, Farmfoods Falkirk, Celtic Football Club, Rangers Football Club, The Tower Shop Paterson Tower Falkirk, Gillians Roots & Fruits Callender Square Falkirk, The National Lottery Community Fund, Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council.

Friday, August 23, 2019