Case studies

A series of case studies to showcase practice in Scotland.

Engage and Create

The Art of Talking

How does facilitating discussions about paintings by Van Gogh & Picasso open up amazing conversations between people with dementia living in care homes?  In The Art of Talking, Rachel Mortimer shows how her social enterprise Engage & Create ignites people's minds, engages their interest, and creates wonderful connections.

In Full Voice - the uniting power of music

When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all.” (‘In Full Voice’ choir member).

I Can't Do it On My Own

This video highlights the personal perspectives of two individuals using the services of Raise. They offer an insight into how borderline personality disorders can lead to behaviour that may challenge. Raise exclusively employs people with a diagnosed mental health problem, including cleaners, directors and trainers who can inform from their own personal experience.

Please Listen

Please Listen is a play about growing up in the care system in Scotland. It was written by young people at Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley and has been performed over 40 times with different organisations across the country - including Scottish Parliament. The play has been developed into a short film so that more people can see the work.

We are here

Jason has recently completed a participatory public art project in the North East of Scotland fishing town of Peterhead. The project has seen him undertake an exhaustive approach of engagement, collaboration and output over the last two and a half years…


Angus Council Day Opportunities team provides weekly visual art sessions as part of the service provision for adults with learning disabilities. The groups were established 10 years ago and artists meet and work in a local church hall in Montrose and studio space at the local theatre in Arbroath. The sessions are led by a qualified arts worker and supported by day opportunity and resource centre staff.

What's the point of theatre?

What’s the point of theatre? Who is it for? What difference does it make? Are theatre buildings museums in 21st century? Do we need acting? Do most people care? These are some of the questions that have underlined Fiona’s approach to creating theatre over the last 30 years.

Fiona Miller – Director, Tricky Hat Productions

Living Voices

Living Voices is a national two-year project that is piloting the use of story, poems and song in care home settings across Scotland. It aims to engage and enliven groups of older people through conversation, creative activity and reminiscence.