A view of life through photography

Colin Tennant, lead artist in Life Through a Lens
Colin Tennant, lead artist in Life Through a Lens

ABERDEENSHIRE Council in parnership with Ellon Health Improvement Group has launched an arts development project aimed at using photography to explore social inclusion.

Life Through a Lens, a venture aimed at working with communities across Formartine to examine and reflect on barriers to participation in day-to-day activities, has appointed Colin Tennant as lead artist.

It is hoped the contemporary art project will help to build awareness of the issues affecting vulnerable people and promote access to everyday activities, while also developing volunteering opportunities in the communities through feedback and consultation with residents.

Mr Tennant said: “Life Through a Lens aims to help promote positive mental health in the local community and will look at reducing the stigma often attached to mental health. It is vitally important to also capture the positive aspects Ellon and the surrounding area of Formartine have to offer those visiting and staying in the area, while noting the barriers and difficulties people face.”

The project is being supported by Mental Health Aberdeen, NHS Grampian, LEAD Scotland and the Formartine local community planning group. Work created during Life Through a Lens will later be showcased in an exhibition to be decided by the participants themselves.

Volunteers, participants and facilitators are also being asked to create a short photo record of a week in their life. To find out more and how to get involved, email lifethroughalens2012@gmail.com