Recent research has shown that participating in artistic activity, making art, or just visiting a gallery or museum improves our health and wellbeing, with positive outcomes throughout the stages of our lives.
Open Studios North Fife has been supporting people to feel healthier and happier for 18 years by providing many opportunities for people to be creative and visiting creative spaces.
We are involved with the Scottish Contemporary Art Network’s 'Artists Make a Better World' campaign. It raises awareness of the many ways that artists contribute to Scotland’s wellbeing. Every day for a week, we will be highlighting how artists improve our health and happiness, strengthening communities and supporting a range of voices to be heard.
To support the ‘Artists Make a Better World’ campaign, Willie Rennie MSP came to meet some members of Open Studios North Fife to hear more about it. The visit took place at jewellery designer, Alana Peden's East Nook Studio in St Andrews, Fife, which also houses the Nook Collective which stocks a wonderful unique range of design, art and handmade items to buy. The studio was admired (with some serious Studio Envy going on), cake eaten, and members of the group gave their personal insight into how art, and being an artist, has made made us happier and healthier; has made our communities stronger and our world more beautiful.
Shown in the photo: Willie Rennie MSP, Jane Wheeler, Alana Peden, Andrea McMillan, Hayley Mills, Jan Silvera, Bun Mitchell, Cally Nurse, Lesley Burden, Taking photo Gillian McFarland, Others there and not in photo Max and Ellen McCance, Graham Bennison, Andy McKie.
Hayley Mills, Chair of Open Studios North Fife said “We are delighted that Willie has taken the time to meet with us and hear how artists make such a fundamental contribution to the well being of Scotland. Everyday our artists make life better for many people, it is great that this campaign highlights this.”
Willie Rennie MSP said: “It was great to visit Open Studios North Fife and learn more about the Scottish Contemporary Art Network. Artists and the creative sector in Fife and across Scotland make a huge contribution to our society and individual well-being. That contribution should be celebrated and supported.”
Helen Moore from the Scottish Contemporary Art Network also said "Open Studios North Fife play a really important role in giving a behind the scenes view of some of the artworks that we enjoy in public galleries and spaces. From their studios, artists share skills and help others to take part in creative activities. While times are hard for so many Scots, we want to remind policymakers that arts and culture is a route into improving life for everyone: from community-building in our small towns and rural communities to transforming our city streets.”
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Details about the campaign can be found here https://sca-net.org/