South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine will this week chair a discussion at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit – exploring the important role culture plays in health and wellbeing.
The SNP MSP – who convenes the Scottish Parliament’s culture committee – will highlight examples of artists working in health settings in Dumfries and Galloway.
Commenting Ms McAlpine said:
“I am looking forward to chairing a session of the international culture summit and talking to politicians and artists from around the world about how the arts can improve health and wellbeing.
“In D&G we have some fantastic examples of artists collaborating with healthcare providers, and working in healthcare settings to improve patient’s experiences and improve recovery rates.
“During the construction of the new DGRI, NHS D&G partnered with a local arts production company to design the building, and implement an arts strategy.
“Artists and musicians also work in care settings with people suffering from Dementia, Alzheimer’s and mental health problems throughout the region. The Dumfries Musical Minds Music group meets monthly, and provides an opportunity for people experiencing memory loss or dementia to sing and have fun with friends and family.
“I have always believed that arts and culture, whether people are creating themselves, or enjoying the work of others, are very important to everyone’s health, wellbeing and happiness. That’s why events like the one I am chairing this week are important in sharing policy ideas between countries, and talking about how we support artists to become involved in healthcare projects.”