‘Atopic Art: Expressions of eczema’ is a partnership project between ASCUS Art & Science, Dr Sarah Brown and Eczema Outreach Scotland. The project first began in early 2015 with ASCUS commissioning artists Trevor Gordon and Josie Valley to deliver participatory workshops to families affected by eczema at venues across Scotland. From these workshops, and through further consultation with Eczema Outreach Scotland and their members, the artists developed new artwork inspired by the individual art created by participants during the workshops, and based around the theme of ‘living with eczema’. Trevor and Josie creatively incorporated the participants artwork into the final pieces, and worked beyond this to develop new ideas that reflected both the ideas that emerged from this process, along with works inspired by personal expressions of their own experiences of living with eczema. Together the works created by Trevor and Josie reflect both the emotional and scientific impact of the condition on sufferers.
The resulting artworks were showcased at the Dundee Science Festival in Nov 2015 and will go one show to Edinburgh audiences for the first time at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016 – 25th March – 10th April. These artworks have also been the inspiration for a school’s exhibition pack developed in collaboration with Eczema Outreach Scotland (EOS), their designer, ASCUS and the artists. Continuing on from this ASCUS plans to launch the next stage of this project in which we will continue to work closely with our project partners to invite two new artists to base themselves at Dr Sarah Brown’s lab at the University of Dundee. The artists will see first hand, the labs cutting edge eczema research along with the opportunity to experience the clinical side of the work Dr Brown does. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more details about this opportunity