Creative Chief Visits East Ayrshire
It’s a well known fact that creative activities can have a positive impact in the health and wellbeing of individuals, and last week Janet Archer, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, took time out of her busy schedule to spend a day in East Ayrshire to learn how local communities are benefitting from creativity.
The whirlwind trip to East Ayrshire took in the Burns Monument Centre and Dumfries House and culminated in an action packed visit to the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock.
East Ayrshire Leisure’s Cultural Development Team gave Ms Archer to a tour of two current exhibitions – “Still Future II” a contemporary art exhibition by Visual Arts Co-ordinator Geraldine Green and “My Place” photographic exhibition, created by pupils from five local schools.
To round off the visit Ms Archer was treated to a moving dance piece entitled “Mirrors in the Mirror” by iDance, the Palace Theatre’s resident integrated company. The company, which encourages creativity and development of individual skills and potential through dance, brought a busy day to a calm and peaceful close with their thoughtful performance.
Councillor Eoghann MacColl also attended the visit at the Dick Institute.
He said: “We have a tremendous cultural wealth in East Ayrshire, maybe sometimes we don’t realise just how lucky we are. It is always a pleasure to showcase our talent. It was just a small taster but I think Janet was more than impressed.
We also often forget how important the arts and culture are to our sense of wellbeing and aspiration. Hopefully the visit will lead to exciting new cultural developments in the future.”