Staring at the Ceiling, Looking at the Stars Exhibition

23 Jan ‘16

9.00AM - 5.00PM

Venue: Art Collection, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

‘Staring at the Ceiling looking at the Stars’ has been created by artist Sharon Quigley working in collaboration with a group of inpatients and staff at Bellsdyke Hospital in Stenhousemuir. Over the past year the group has delved into the case notes, patients’ letters and admission ledgers of the Stirling District Asylum Archive; to explore the identities of asylum patients from 1906-14 and to create a new ‘archive’ in which the patient’s voice is properly heard and their own experience is valued in the way we would hope and expect today.  By charting and re-telling the stories of some of the people admitted to the asylum and by re-exploring the asylum’s surroundings, this exhibition of sound recordings and printed artworks is the result of the group’s discussions, deliberations and drawings, some of which relate to participants’ personal memories.

In partnership with the University of Stirling, which houses NHS Forth Valley’s archive, this project was produced by Artlink Central, the participatory arts organisation supported by NHS Forth Valley’s Endowment Committee to involve patients in high quality creative art and design activity.  

With thanks to sound artist Robert Baldock, designer James MacKay and Dr Allan Beveridge of NHS Fife and for their advice and support in the making of this exhibition.  

Further information on the project can be found here:

Please note that the Pathfoot Building and the Art Collection based in this building is open Monday to Friday only.

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