Individuals supported by Turning Point Scotland have been showing off their creative side as this year’s West End Festival gets into full swing.

Costumes, music and art will all form part of the much loved Glasgow festival running through June, as well as performances at hundreds of venues around the area.

Unlike some other similar events, the West End Festival is one of the few that sees community groups and talented amateurs rub shoulders with big name artists and performers like Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble and Suzanne Vega.

Viewpoint and Access Art services worked together on a project to create costumes to take part in the opening event. Groups of individuals in both services worked on costumes on a “Doon the Water” theme for the project. Initially 20 service users were to take part, however, in the end over 40 people from the Viewpoint, Access Art, SAIL and Courtyard services all donned costumes at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow on the 3rd of June.

Staff at Turning Point Scotland’s Govan Road helped out, to get all the extra costumes done on time for the event.

Anne Ross, Service Coordinator, Viewpoint said:


“We would like to thank everyone for all their help, it was very much appreciated. The feedback we have had was great, and everyone who took part appears to have had a great time.  The Viewpoint music group also did a short performance later on in the afternoon and workshops were run through the afternoon so people could try the different musical instruments. All in all it was a great day, if a little chilly!

This year sees the return of the successful Learning Disability Week events at Kelvingrove Art Galleries in Glasgow. The Viewpoint Art Group and Access Art are exhibiting work again between the 18th to the 22nd of June.

There are two exhibitions this year, one showing people’s art works on a sea theme and one showing the progression of this work into creating the costumes for the West End Festival opening event.

The groups decided on the sea theme as it was felt one of the big connections between Glasgow and Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway was that many people from Glasgow have traditionally come “Doon the Water” for their holidays to these areas. In addition to the exhibition there are music and art workshops throughout the week. These have had a very good response with many people returning from last year and many workshops now fully booked. We hope to see as many people as possible at the exhibition and workshops so please come down and support us.”