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    Arts and Health 

    Artlink Central’s largest programme area is in health. The programme includes work across NHS Forth Valley settings, in our Artspace programme and occasional project specific work with local voluntary sector funding bodies. We have recently become coordinators for the Forth Valley region’s input to the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. 

    We are engaged with service level agreements through Stirling and Falkirk Councils to offer a core programme of Artspaces – regular arts and music drop-in programmes in Stirlimg, Camelon and Denny to offer adults experiencing or recovering from mental health issues in the community to access the arts. One of the groups, our Stirling music group has developed as a band called ‘Closer to the Edge’ who are moving towards writing and performing their own work. We are looking at a band development programme for this group. 

    We deliver a large programme of activity funded through the Endowments Committee at NHS Forth Valley on an annual basis. This is to provide arts experiences that improve patients’ experiences and environments in NHS settings. We work across acute and day settings, including with children, elderly and dementia wards, in mental health and learning disability settings. 

    Artlink Central has been a regional coordinator for the See Me annual photography competition, is now regional coordinator for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Artlink Central also informally programmes an exhibition space in Falkirk Royal Infirmary dining hall called the Connections Gallery. 

    Artlink Central works with a range of partner statutory and voluntary sector arts and mental health organisations including Arts in Mind (Clackmannanshire based mental health user led group), Arts Therapy and Health Improvement NHS Forth Valley, Stirling and Falkirk District Associations for Mental Health, Wolfcraig Training Project, Local Area Coordination, Tricky Hat Productions. 

    Recent projects have included laughter workshops in dementia wards, performances by ‘Closer to the Edge’ at the Albert Halls in Stirling, the Annual Arts and Health Exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum. 

    Lead programmer NHS– Sarah Pearson 

    Other Programmers – Julie Law (Artspace and Acute Wards) and Sylvia Woodford (Acute Wards)