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Creativity in Care

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is pleased to be launching new exhibition ‘Buoyancy’, a creative wellbeing project devised and delivered online throughout lockdown 2020 by Creativity in Care CIC. The exhibition is in the Community Gallery on the ground floor of the museum and will run to the end of January.

‘When the Covid-19 storm struck, people asked us for something to relieve deep anxieties and fear; something uplifting, practical and hopeful’ said Karrie Marshall, Director, Creativity in Care. ‘This inspired an online project called Buoyancy, which reached 37 families and individuals, offering opportunities for creativity and connection.’

The project explored two key questions through a series of workshops: ‘How do you maintain balance in the midst of change?’, and ‘What brings you a sense of uplift and hope?’. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, participants enjoyed 10 sessions plus follow-ups over a six-month period using socially engaged arts with reference to physics, biology, natural history and fun to alleviate stress and anxiety and increase wellbeing.

Alison Parfitt, Curator Collections Engagement said “We hope this new Community Gallery exhibition will uplift our visitors as it did the artists in lockdown, bringing positivity and cheer to these winter days. This exhibition is leading towards our ‘Health, Wealth & Happiness’ exhibition on the history of healthcare in the Highlands, launching in April 2022.”