AccessArt Launches Face to Face Exhibition Celebrating Inclusion

Turning Point Scotland’s AccessArt Launches Face to Face Exhibition Celebrating Inclusion
From Monday 6 May, Turning Point Scotland’s AccessArt will unveil their collective art exhibition Face to Face at the Stove Café in Dumfries.

Their latest collective artwork exhibition was inspired by the theme for 2024’s Learning Disability Week, Digital Inclusion.

Turning Point Scotland’s AccessArt has been part of the creative community of Dumfries and Galloway for over 20 years, facilitating creative opportunities for individuals and communities who have experienced barriers to inclusion.

Steven Burnie, Senior Arts & Crafts Coordinator at Turning Point Scotland said:
“Technology is shaping our daily lives more than ever and digital inclusion has become increasingly vital.”
“This was most apparent during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown guidelines when video conferencing platforms replaced face-to-face social interaction with digital connection.”
“Face to Face explores the quality of the connections we make online and investigates the notions of both “poor connection” and “good connection”.
“Just as a digital connection can vary in quality, so can social connection and our artwork attempts to visualise this idea.”

Running until the 18 May, AccessArt’s exhibition aims to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion and individuals feeling a sense of belonging to the community.

Turning Point Scotland’s commitment to this continues through AccessArt’s varied programme of creative opportunities they deliver in Dumfries’ Gracefield Arts Centre to individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism.

The exhibition takes the form of a series of three-dimensional heads varying in size and levels of complexity. Each head is wrapped in a hand-drawn map that has been semi-abstracted through a process of drawing, collaging and re-drawing.