Auchindrain Township has a very worthwhile new exhibition, Moving Minds, opening at the township at midday today, 25th July 2014.
It is an open, frank and frequently amusing collection of photography and artwork developed by the Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project [MECOPP’ and the Gypsy/Traveller community.
Offering a fascinating insight into one of Scotland’s most private communities, contributors have shared memories, poetry and photographs as well as reflecting upon how social exclusion and discrimination impact on well-being, mental health and quality of life.
Auchindrain’s development Director, Bob Clark, says: ‘Moving Minds presents a rare glimpse into a relatively unknown, little understood world and we are delighted to be able to host this exhibition.’
At the opening, members of the traveller community will be demonstrating traditional skills such as paper flower making,
and will be chatting to visitors about the lifestyle and the history of travelling people.
Other activities include a turnip thinning demonstration and a quiz. Various books written by members of the traveller community will also be available – one of which is bound to be Duncan Williamson’s seminal book, The Horsieman.
MECOPP was established in 2000 and provides a range of services to minority ethnic carers and those in receipt of informal care. The Gypsy/Traveller Carers’ Project currently works in Edinburgh & the Lothians, Perth & Kinross and in Mid & North Argyll. It works with Gypsy/Traveller carers of any age, who live on sites, roadside camps and in housing.
We’re going to see it today and will have an article on it later. It’s subject is intriguing – and is bound to raise questions most of us may find profound and perhaps uncomfortable – ‘moving minds’, perhaps?
Moving Minds will be on view at Auchindrain until late September and can be seen within the opening times of 10am to 5pm. Onsite catering is available from the attractive tea room, which offers a seductive selection of homemade dishes created using home-grown and locally sourced produce.