Greenock and Inverclyde’s parliamentary office has underwent a creative transformation as local artists have begun displaying their artwork on it walls. Moving On, a local service which offers free and confidential support to people recovering from substance and alcohol abuse, holds regular art classes. The aim of the classes is to promote creative wellness through art. The art group is led by art teacher, Annie McKay, who believes her classes have been of real benefit to the service users.
Commenting, Annie said, “Some members of the art group enjoy reminiscing about school and how they enjoyed art as a child while others are really discovering a true passion for art later in life. As a group, we are always trying to learn new skills and build upon techniques to further progress, not just in the class room, but in wider society.
‘I feel it is important that we all work with and learn from each other which fosters a really warm environment to teach and learn in. The great thing about the art group, in fact Moving On as a whole, you get to see people progress and develop over time as they build on their confidence and often increase their sense of self-worth. Members of the art group are always delighted to see their work exhibited and are happy to discuss their work, talking about what they’ve learned. I couldn’t be happier that now the art work from our group is being displayed in the office of our local MSP.”
Speaking about the art work in his constituency office, Stuart, who is a member of the management board of Moving On said “Since being elected constituency MSP, I have been thinking of ways to make my office welcoming, while trying to open it up as much as possible to be a place that everyone in the community feels they can visit and feel part of.
‘Annie and her art group are the first to exhibit work in my office and they will be looking to change the paintings every few months. The work itself is of a really high standard. We have paintings of Greenock’s industrial heritage, the Inverclyde coast line and family emblems among others.
‘While Annie’s group are the first to exhibit in my office, I am keen to invite other worthwhile project to use the wall space in my office. Get in contact if you would like to suggest a worthwhile project that could exhibit in my office.”
More of the work exhibited in the Greenock and Inverclyde Parliamentary Office.