A TOURING exhibition of multimedia artwork created by community groups in Helensburgh and Lomond will go on show in town this week.

Albatross Arts, a Helensburgh-based community interest company, launched the show – titled You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup – at Mount Stuart on Bute earlier this month.

And the works in the exhibition, to promote ‘Everyday Creativity’ for mental wellbeing, will go on show at the Hermitage Park Pavilion on March 31 and April 1.

The project is the result of a partnership between Albatross Arts, Alzheimer Scotland, the Jean’s Bothy mental health hub, the We Are With You recovery service and Burgh-based children and families charity Fun First.

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The initiative ran from April 2022 until the beginning of this month and saw Albatross Arts deliver a series of six-week community based art and wellbeing workshop programmes, with the aim of providing a platform for connecting unpaid carers in the area and a catalyst to initiate dialogue around shared experiences.

Sue McCartney from Albatross Arts said: “More than 45 participants and staff were supported to take part in weekly, artist-led workshops and tried their hands at mosaicing, clay work, textile stencilling and drawing techniques over a cuppa.

“Groups were kept small so that conversation could flow and relationships form and due attention given with many positive outcomes.”

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One of the participants in the project added: “I’ve really pushed myself doing this. I’m way out of my comfort zone by just being here.

“But I’ve really enjoyed that weekly challenge and I’ve really enjoyed the company.”

The Helensburgh exhibition runs from 3-7pm on Friday, March 31 and from 9am-4pm on Saturday, April 1.

Entry is free and all are welcome.