An Evening with Artlink Central 'Every Picture Tells A Story' 

An Evening with Artlink Central 'Every Picture Tells A Story' 

Packed out event

Packed out event

Thank you for joining us on Saturday 22nd April 2017 in Bridge of Allan for

An evening with

Artlink Central


The event, which featured a performance by acclaimed Scottish jazz singer Carol Kidd MBE, attracted more than 130 people to Bridge of Allan Parish Hall. 

“An Evening with Artlink Central was a sold out success and for that we thank our fantastic team of volunteers, dedicated staff and loyal supporters who donated so generously on the night. Carol Kidd's performance was a triumph. Her poignant song selection highlighted the way the arts can tap into human emotion and her rendition of 'The Ballad of Young Men' resonated with our work in mental health. She applied herself with aplomb as she auctioned her own artwork alongside our auctioneer Neil McRae, who whipped up the bidding for donated works by the likes of Lys Hansen, Graham Stewart and of course award winning illustrator Axel Scheffler."

Kevin Harrison - Director

Speaking after the event, Carol Kidd said:

"I was thrilled to participate in your Artlink Central fundraising event. My thanks to all concerned in organizing such a successful evening."

Carol Kidd performs for Artlink Central

Carol Kidd performs for Artlink Central

The auction attracted much attention

The auction attracted much attention

We have just launched a new exhibition of four works by four painters from the Forth Valley area in the University of Stirling Innovation Park. All work is for sale and exhibition is open daily.


current projects

This section highlights current or recent project work.


veterans sculpture project

Running since March 2016. Sculptor Susheila Jamieson working directly with ex- servicemen from across Forth Valley to design, develop and fabricate permanent sculptures to be installed in Forth Valley Royal Hospital garden areas facing onto main corridor leading from mental health unit. Sculpture designs devised by ex- servicemen around path to recovery and overcoming ‘black dog’ of depression.

18 practical workshops including, stone carving, jesmonite casting and wood carving have taken place in community settings. Site meeting at Forth Valley Royal Hospital with participants, Serco, NHSFV managers, Babs McCool, military representatives, veterans support organisations and Artlink Central staff. Installation of 4 sculptures planned for February/ March 2017


Coming soon 

Creative Prescription!

Would you like to take part or do you support someone who would benefit?

Artlink Central’s Creative Prescription is a participatory arts programme for people with a diagnosis of dementia who are still living at home in Forth Valley, working through visual art, music and interactive reminiscence activities to develop lively, social environments. This free, referral service delivers person centred activities that support social interaction, self-expression, creativity, mental health and well-being delivered in community settings and welcomes the involvement of participant’s families and carers. The weekly service will run from Stirling and Falkirk starting in April, running through to September 2017

Also supported by Lloyds TSB Henry Duncan Awards

Creating Conversations - Do You Give a Kit Campaign

Creating Conversations have launched a spring campaign encouraging individuals to contribute towards the cost of getting meaningful activity kits into settings that support people living with dementia.

Creating Conversations is a trading arm and social enterprise supporting Artlink Central by through the sale of innovative products developed with participants in our programmes.

Our Activities Toolkit: Gardening themed was launched following a two year development, research and testing project with the assistance of the Gerontology Department at the Stirling University, NHS Forth Valley and other professionals specialising in dementia. 

The Activity Kit is a tool to assist volunteers, facilitators, activities coordinators and care staff to deliver relaxing and purposeful social opportunities and activities. It provides an accessible framework for both new and experienced facilitators to successfully deliver ongoing programmes of creative activities for groups of older people, including those with a diagnosis of dementia.  All materials are easily adaptable for a range of physical and social needs.

The activity kits are designed to encourage discussion and strengthen connections amongst staff, participants, family members and friends.

The toolkit offers long term activity programmes focusing on well-being, reminiscence, self-affirmation and communication whilst reducing feelings of isolation, anxiety and frustration.



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