Published: 11/02/2018 19:00 - Updated: 09/02/2018 09:55

Exhibition shows work by group aiming to tackle isolation

Written byVal Sweeney


Glints of Gold is a collection of writing from an Inverness senior citzens' club.

STORIES and poems by members of an Inverness creative writing group which aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation are highlighted in a joint community-inspired exhibition.

The Glints of Gold group is showing its work at the Upstairs gallery based at city architects HRI|Munro, in Academy Street.

Paul Shanks, who helps run the group, explained it was set up in 2016 in association with the Gold Senior Citizen’s Club with the aim of increasing social opportunities for older people.

"Held at the Spectrum Centre, the group has gained a unique momentum and identity and has produced some outstanding, varied and well-crafted material," he said.

Funding from Book Week Scotland has now led to the publication of "Glints of Gold – A Feast for All – Prose and Poetry" including work by many of the group’s members.

"We were also delighted that artist and illustrator Drew Hillier prepared accompanying images for many of the stories and poems," Mr Shanks said.

The book is displayed alongside another exhibition, HEEM: Island and People, about life on Westray in the Orkney islands.

Andrew Bruce, of Upstairs, said: "Drawing on the aspects of living on an island, whether that be physically, socially or emotionally, the exhibition seeks through a simplified photographic, video and soundscape format, to record 10 native islanders and their relationship with Westray, their home.

"We are hoping that we can share their personal recollections and insights with a larger audience via this joint exhibition."

Upstairs, based in a working office, aims to provide artists with a flexible space in which to showcase their work.

The exhibition will run until Friday, February 23 and is open to the public from 2-4pm on weekdays.

Applications for exhibition space at Upstairs can be made online through

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