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Stirling Castle exhibition celebrates 5 years of outreach with Reachout

27 September 2010

An art exhibition will celebrate five years of creative collaboration between Stirling Castle and a community group for people with mental health problems.

Alloa-based Reachout is a self-help organisation which uses the arts to help members build their confidence and skills.

Kirsten Wood, Historic Scotland education officer, said: “The exhibition is a celebration of the close working relationship that has developed between us over the years.

“We hold frequent sessions where Reachout members can use the castle as the inspiration for their own artwork, whether that’s photography, painting, poetry or story-writing.

“There’s so much talent in the group and this will be a chance for the public to enjoy some of the fantastic artwork they have created.”

The Historic Scotland education unit makes Stirling Castle available for a wide range of projects and activities involving schools, community and other educational groups.

Its setting, buildings, statues and other architectural details make superb subjects for drawing, painting, photography and other visual arts.

The history of the castle and the stories of those who have lived and worked there over the centuries are an excellent source of inspiration for written work.

The exhibition is entitled Retrospect and takes place in the Nether Bailey. It runs from 1 October for the entire month and is included in the standard entry price to the castle.

It will include 30 pieces of photography, paintings, print and other art forms and is part of Historic Scotland’s contribution to the annual Big Draw campaign which promotes drawing and art throughout the country.

Lesley Arthur, Project Manager from Reachout, said: “Our members include professional and amateur artists, who all practice in Clackmannanshire, and over the past five years we have worked closely with the education staff at Stirling Castle.

“This is an ideal time to have a retrospective exhibition to show some of the work that has been done.

“The partnership between Reachout and Stirling Castle shows how historic buildings can play an important part in the life of the local community and allow people to get real benefits from their cultural heritage.”

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