Posted on: 24th March 2015

The ‘Recovery through Creativity' project final exhibition of Visual Art and Photography is launching in The Playhouse, Derry~Londonderry on Friday (March 27).
This exhibition of paintings and digital photography showcases eight months of work done by ‘Recovery through Creativity' project. The individuals worked with Denzil Brown and Jerrie Getty towards this exhibition and an accreditation through the Open College Network.
One of the course participants John Gormley said how important this opportunity has been for him personally. "I've loved photography all my life.....I suffer from depression and I found this project very good in helping me getting back into photography. It has given me something to focus on and given me back an interest. This project has given me confidence -not so long ago I couldn't go out of the house." After this project I plan to save up for a really good camera."
Participants took part in the programme through Rossdowney Recovery Services; Helen Ferguson AN Occupational therapist recognises the benefits of arts engagement for the group saying
"As well as the development of artistic skills, the experience was also designed to provide therapeutic benefits to those who participated including; enabling self-expression, raising self-confidence, providing an opportunity to connect with others and have ‘time out' from the anxiety laden preoccupations of everyday life. The art work produced is stunning and we hope this project will inspire all those who participated to get involved in other creative projects in the local area."
Funded by the Public Health Agency CLEAR project, the programme came together through a collaboration between the Western Health and Social Care Trust and The Playhouse.
Education officer at The Playhouse Edel Murphy said "This excellent example of partnership working between the arts and the health sector recognises how arts and creativity can support good mental health. There are beautiful pieces of work on display, however the learning and overall creative experience will have a lasting impact on all those who took part."
The ‘Recovery through Creativity' project final exhibition of Visual Art and Photography is launching in The Playhouse, Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry on Friday (27 March) at 1pm. All are welcome. The exhibition will remain in the Playhouse for visitors from Friday March 27 to Thursday April 2.

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