The Stronger Art Competition was open for entry in West Lothian over August and September. Local residents aged 50+, who had never exhibited their work before, were invited to submit piece of their art which expressed their story of becoming ‘Stronger’ as they age.
After a difficult selection meeting, with representatives from Age Scotland and West Lothian Council Arts team, eleven pieces of art were selected for exhibition. These then went on display during October in Age Scotland shops in Broxburn and Bathgate as part of Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival.
Laura Dunkel, Development Officer said: ‘It developed out of an idea at a planning meeting for a West Lothian event for National Older People’s Day. We felt it would be a good idea to do something that lots of people from across West Lothian could get involved in, particularly if they didn’t want to, or weren’t able to, come to the event. We invited all types of art to be submitted, as we recognise that there are lots of different skills, interests and abilities out there. We were absolutely delighted with the art work that was received, and struck by the extremely high quality. Its been really exciting having it on display in our shop windows. Both of our shops are located on busy high streets and we have been amazed at the number of people who have stopped to read the poems and admire the visual pieces and sculpture.’
Elaine Murray, Manager of the Broxburn Age Scotland shop said: ‘We’ve had a lot of interest in the art exhibition and we’ve received lots comments from customers. We have had people tell us that it was “An absolutely fantastic idea” and that it “Made me stop and think about people with dementia”. One lady said that she felt inspired to do something artistic herself after looking at the exhibition. We’re looking forward to hosting next years exhibition and next year we plan to have a comments book so people can write down what their opinions of the exhibition.’
Broxburn Age Scotland shop are holding an evening event on Thursday 31st October from 5.00pm-7.30pm. Come along to see our range ladies, gents and children’s wear, as well as gifts and toys. For more information call the shop on 01506 856840 or pop in at 25 East Main Street, Broxburn (opposite Greggs).