Loretto Care art exhibition opening is in safe hands

Alan Rough joins staff and care users at the launch of the new art exhibition
Alan Rough joins staff and care users at the launch of the new art exhibition

An art exhibition with a difference is showcasing work by people with alcohol-related brain damage.

The Loretto Care exhibition features paintings, drawings, poetry and photography by people from the Fullarton Service based in Glasgow’s Tollcross.

The ‘Show Me Something Too’ exhibition, the first in a planned series of art shows, runs from 10-12 December. It was officially opened by former Scotland and Partick Thistle goalkeeper Alan Rough who supports the service.

Fullarton provides care for 22 people over the age of 25 who have been diagnosed with alcohol-related brain damage.

The service focuses on recovery and rehabilitation for individuals, with the aim of helping people return to independent living or a setting with a support structure.

Loretto Care worked with other partners in Wheatley Group, including GHA, as well as Glasgow Life and community group LoveMilton to put on the exhibition.

Alan Rough with featured artists Jim and Linda
Alan Rough with featured artists Jim and Linda

Alan Rough said: “The artwork is fantastic, especially considering what the artists have been through. You only have to see the smiles on their faces to see the enjoyment they are getting from the exhibition. The work shows there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

David, one of the artists whose work features in the exhibition, said: “Art exhibitions and the wide range of services offered at Fullarton help change lives for the better, including my own. I am a bit of an artist, working in colours, acrylics and line drawings. This exhibition is a great opportunity to showcase our work and show what we are capable of.”

More than 40 pieces of work are displayed at a refurbished GHA shop in Skerray Street, Milton.

Loretto Care chair James Muir said: “The art exhibition is another way we are supporting the people we work for and helping them get their lives back on track. Through art they have increased their confidence, brought their own personalities to the fore and increased social interaction among people at the Fullarton service.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibition and hope as many people as possible can get along to see these terrific pieces of art.”

The Loretto Care service at Fullarton was recently named Scottish Care’s ‘Specialist Care Home Service of the Year’ at the industry awards.

Loretto Care, part of the Wheatley Group, provides care and support services to around 1800 people across Central Scotland.




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