Trauma from the Deep Blue: The Man who Missed the Boat
Members of the community arts project
ARTvantage have been benefiting from a collaborative project with Culture Perth and Kinross to create a poignant maritime exhibit.
It is an artistic interpretation of one person's experiences of the sea and the tragic sinking
of the Lossiemouth fishing vessel Arcadia
Former trawlerman Kenny Wilkie, who had
worked aboard the Arcadia as a teenager,
wasn't part of the crew at the time so quite
literally missed the boat. But the tragedy contributed to a mental breakdown and the trauma of nine years as an in-patient in mental health institutions.
One of his tools for recovery has been his involvement with ARTvantage and the friendship and solidarity of the group.
Now, thanks to the additional support offered
by Learning and Communities Officer Barbara Hamilton from Culture Perth and Kinross,
their work has been recognised and
celebrated within the wider community.
Crucially, it has given them the confidence
and ambition to grow the group,
seek new premises and strengthen their connections with local artists and creatives.