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

in 1983.


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.

'The whole experience has been brilliant. It doesn't matter the level of a person's skill or confidence...there's no hierarchy.'

 Kenny Wilkie


provides opportunities for individuals to create and display art in a safe and inclusive environment.

It grew out of the work and connections created through PLUS Perth, a member-led charity and social movement      https//

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