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Phoenix Futures’ Scottish Residential Service Opens Art Exhibition at Skypark

A new art therapy collection called Perceptions, inspired by the perspectives of the residents of Phoenix Futures’ Possil based Scottish Residential Service, is to open in Skypark’s donated gallery space from 16th October to 10th November 2017.

The exhibition is the product of a series of creative groups run by artist and former Skypark exhibitor Jenny Robertson, on behalf of Phoenix Futures Scottish Residential Service, which supports individuals and communities in their recovery from drug and alcohol misuse.

Commenting on the exhibition Jenny Robertson, who will also show some of her own work on the same theme, said: “The collection is called Perceptions as each resident will depict something they perceive as important to them, or something as seen from their perspective: a narrative will accompany each piece to give the viewer an insight into the mind-set of each artist.”

Jenny added: “My pieces depict ways in which perception can be distorted according to the viewers’ own experiences, anxieties and fears.”

David Brockett, Service Manager of Phoenix Futures’ Scottish Residential Service describes how the exhibition will help its’ residents and communities. He said: “As a Therapeutic Community we promote and encourage creativity through art, recognising an individual’s talent as well as the collective therapeutic value art provides.  So getting the opportunity to express ourselves through art and being able to display this work in Skypark has been of great benefit and reward for the individuals involved as well as our community in general. We hope to challenge stigma, raise awareness of addiction, and show the people of Glasgow what the culture of recovery means to us!”

Lisa Kirsop of Resonance Capital, who handles marketing and tenant services on behalf of Skypark Trustees commented: “We are pleased to  welcome Phoenix Futures’ exhibition and residents to Skypark. Our donated gallery will provide a creative platform to help the Service and its’ residents raise awareness of the great work carried out by the Charity.

“Our donated gallery space is open to the artistic community from established to up and coming artists giving them the option to exhibit work beyond a  traditional gallery space.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public and will take place in Skypark 1.