Artlink Central gets people with dementia behind Helix Day

Over the past few weeks, Artlink Central, supported by NHS Forth Valley, have been working with local people diagnosed with dementia to create large leaves for the 30-foot Wynden Tree sculpture created by artist Alex Rigg as part of  Helix Day on Saturday 14th September.

Helix Day marks the completion of Helix Park and invites the public to explore their new greenspace. The day will also feature a programme of artistic displays and performances produced by UZ Arts.

Artlink Central is well-known for its work across Forth Valley with people in prison, hospitals, schools and communities who face barriers to expressing themselves, to their health and wellbeing or to their learning.

The leaves were created across Ward 4 and 5 of Forth Valley Royal Hospital, supported by artist Michele Mathieson, and in community settings in partnership with Falkirk Council’s Joint Dementia Initiative Services, supported by artist Christine Hilditch. The leaves were created by exploring the interests of patients with regards to local heritage and nature and reflecting local landmarks such as the Bo’ness Hippodrome.  

Director of Artlink Central, Kevin Harrison, said

“It is with great pleasure that Artlink Central has been able to support local people who would not otherwise be aware of, or get to be involved in, the Helix project, as well as the opportunity to create something meaningful that will be incorporated within a key performance event on the day. Artlink Central have been delighted to work closely with Falkirk Community Trust and UZ Arts with Alex Rigg during our Abrupt Encounters live arts programme and are pleased to continue this relationship into supporting opportunities for hard to reach groups to participate in the Helix Project.”

For more information please contact Kevin Harrison, Director, Artlink Central, tel: 01786 450971; email:;

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Photographs by Kevin Harrison