Art helps survivor to move forward

  • On 30th October 2018

A woman who survived abuse in care as a child has spoken about how art has helped her to move on in her life.

Paintings by Joyce feature in the “What Makes Me Happy” art exhibition which recently opened in the historic Museum of Edinburgh in the centre of the Capital city.

The show is made up of a range of pictures, sculptures and photographs created by people supported by Future Pathways, Scotland’s in-care survivor support fund.

All the pieces were submitted by people who are currently being supported by Future Pathways to find a way forward in their lives after the negative experiences they had whilst in care as children.

Speaking after the launch, Joyce said that she was delighted to be part of the exhibition. She added: “Art has given me the skills to express myself. Studying art has also helped me to cope with the pain, and to find peace.”

Flora Henderson, Alliance Manager for Future Pathways, said: “We asked survivors to create art which made them feel happy because we want to notice and celebrate how people find hope and joy. The exhibition shows the many different ways people have achieved this.

“I am overwhelmed by the response we had to our calls for artwork, and it is wonderful to see such heartfelt pieces being featured in this way. Thank you so much to the Museum of Edinburgh for hosting What Makes Me Happy, and for all of the support we have received from their staff.”

Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Our museums are famous for telling the history of Edinburgh and its people, but we are increasingly opening up temporary spaces for local people to share their own stories.

“We regularly welcome displays from community groups and I’m pleased the Museum of Edinburgh has been able to support Future Pathways in this way. Its’ work has a huge impact helping those who have suffered from abuse while in care.

“Participating in art and culture is known to have positive therapeutic benefits, and this particular exhibition will provide survivors with the chance to see their journeys and artworks exhibited in the heart of the Capital. Sharing this exhibition with visitors to the Museum of Edinburgh is an important step for all involved.”

The exhibition is running until January 20th, 2019 in a dedicated space on the ground floor of the Museum of Edinburgh, 142 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD. It is open daily from 10am until 5pm.

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