Loving Photography

‘Loving Photography’ is the first partnership programme between Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT), ST/ART Project and The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum. It was delivered as part of The McManus’ ‘Reconnect’ Learning & Engagement Project which is funded through Art Fund with additional funding from THAT.

Working with commissioned Lead Artist, the photographer David P Scott, participants living with long term health conditions and their carers, developed their knowledge and understanding of photography during weekly zoom sessions, where challenges were set and work was shared and discussed. The programme was designed around an appreciation of The McManus’ current temporary exhibition ‘A Love Letter to Dundee: Joseph McKenzie Photographs 1964-1987’. Using Joe’s work as inspiration the participants have produced a stunning collection of work, the highlights of which are featured in this online gallery.

The experience of working to a common creative goal and sharing that experience as the group progressed is wonderfully summed up by one of our participants.

Eight Weeks by Alison Reeves

Here I am. Reflected in the glass, reflected in the many mirrors, reflected in the water.
I look worn. I feel jaded.
My packaging has changed, was failing.
My essence is strong, unwavering.
Left propped against the wall, against the step, against the door, your walking stick offers freedom to move in any direction.

There you are. Exploring inside closes, taking photographs of barbed wire, tilting at bus shelters.
I found you staring at roses, rolling down double yellow lines, looking up at trees, planting coffee cups in the snow.
Did we understand what you were trying to say?
Did you feel that we can see you?
I can see you under your layers, even through a dirty pane of glass.

Athene Bergamino

Robert Carrie

Michelle Cassidy

Helen Gowland

Alice Jones

Eilish Nairn

Steven Ogg

Mark Pennycook

Alison Reeves

Issy Robertson


About Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) is a charity registered in Scotland that works in partnership with NHS Tayside. THAT promotes participation in Creative Engagement programmes as an important contribution to health and wellbeing for people living with health conditions. The ST/ART Project involves those living with the outcomes of Stroke and Acquired Brian Injury. For further information about THAT visit our website, our Facebook or email: tay.that@nhs.scot

About The McManus: Dundee’s Art Galllery & Museum 

Widely known as ‘The Peoples Museum’ The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery& Museum is firmly committed to providing high-quality learning engagements. Equalities and inclusion are central to the museum’s audience engagement, and this was recognised as part of our recent Thistle award of Scottish Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019-20.


About Art Fund 

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK, further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes.