History and Achievements

Updated: Sep 16, 2018

All my working life I have had to get major grants from trusts or public

bodies to achieve the goals I have set out on. As a result I have had

to report back on the Outcomes, the Social Return on Investment, the

Key Performance Indicators and all that Jazz.

The joy of The Way Through Project has been following my nose with

the guidance and support of wonderful and knowledgeable friends.

The generous individual donors to this project have set no conditions

that I report back.

But old habits die hard…

With the freedom that this project has had from bureaucracy it is

possible for much to be achieved without being noticed – measured –

so here I wanted to capture some of the details in one place so that

they can all be celebrated.

The aim of the Project can be summed up as “to wring as much good

as possible” from my experiences of 2016-2018 – not to do one time-

limited thing, raise money and pay it into a charity bank account. So

it is the spread and range of achievement that we take pride in.

We raised money to pay for all the things achieved so far and that

money – and donated materials - is now spent. Volunteers need to

get on with their own lives. I am on my personal and artistic “Way

Forward”. But the Project will go on to wider horizons. Some

announced here. Some to come.

- Alison chandler (nee Gauldie)


  • £8,000 raised.

  • 180+ paintings of which 80 framed. 50% of framed pictures sold by end May.

  • Interactive installation created.

  • 8 venues over 5 months – 6 at social enterprises – 3 Local Authority areas.

  • 2 openings with film, 1 with poetry, 1 with choir.

  • Video presentation created with music inspired by pictures.

  • Creative Writing workshop with pictures as prompts.

  • Website with links and further reading.

  • Short Film by award-winning director.

  • Community radio “Conversation with …” programme format created.

  • Mainstream press and TV coverage.

  • Alphabet prints created.

  • 120 page Way Through photographic book with poetry and writing claimed by 37+ health/wellbeing sites from Ellon to Leeds. 50 available.

  • Social media campaign 2000+ people reached.

  • Transition Arts project for 15-18 year olds developed and announced.

  • £340 raised in catalogue sales for Kids Kicking Cancer

October 2015

Alison Chandler and Louise Baxter walk on the Camino de Santiago de


Nov 2015 - October 2016

Alison writes, as yet unpublished, “Walking Backwards (Up an

Apostle’s Nose)” memoire and anthology.

October 2016

Alison has emergency surgery for bowel cancer and burst appendix resulting

in an ileostomy. Her first thoughts are “I am glad I walked the Camino”. It is anticipated that

further surgery would be needed but she must first have chemo for which she is not strong


November 2016 - July 2018

180+ artworks created. The work is fuelled by the donations of

art materials in vast quantities by generous friends.

January 2017

Alison begins painting apples when her mother writes that she believes Alison will survive because she has a strong core. Alison begins developing her own iconography.

A golden road represents Camino.

February – October 2017 - 16 fortnightly inpatient cycles of intravenous chemotherapy.

Painting continues on ward 114 of ARI and at home at the rate of a picture every 1-3 days.

Pictures begin to be shared with friends to communicate health and wellbeing progress.

Alison paints pictures entitled Day 1 – 17 on the first days of chemo.

Keiron Westguard composes and gifts music inspired by pictures.

Chris Hegharty of Random Ninja Productions photographs pictures.


August 2017 – 8 months persuasion by friends in the arts and wellbeing professions

persuade Alison to allow exhibition. “Dream Committee” formed. First exhibition booked in.

September 2017

ACVO invite Alison to present work to business Affiliates event. Alan

Parker produces video presentation.

Crowd-funding campaign with Go Fund Me launched.

Stephanie Vandem provides curation for exhibition.

Rosies Social Enterprises and Castlegate Frames commissioned to frame pictures.

Further exhibition dates and venues agreed.

STV feature Alison painting at home.

October 2017

Alison finishes chemotherapy and travels to South Africa where she

encounters Kids Kicking Cancer. She visits District 6 Museum and sees a Name Cloth with

embroidered signatures and the newly opened Museum of Contemporary African Art.

Cover Crew Ltd, Fotheringham Property Development Ltd and Scotmid contribute to funding

November 2017

Alison returns to work part-time as Funding & Sustainability Lead at ACVO.

Alison travels to the world specialists in peritoneal malignancy in Basingstoke and is told that

“maybe we got it all” ie there is a good chance that the cancer has gone.

Alison celebrates 60th birthday and begins creation of a Name Cloth and The Suitcase.

More photography by Random Ninja Productions.

December 2017 Evening Express feature article.

Crowdfunding campaign raises 50% of the £8000 target for framing, printing, venue, website,

transport, insurance costs.

January 2018

Alison stops taking blood-thinning injections daily.

Phil Thompson of Gra-design produces Way Through catalogues and picture labels.

Jimmy Milne of The Balmoral Group provides £3500 to complete funding for the project.

Random Ninja Productions commissioned to create website www.waythroughart.com

Social media campaign on Facebook, Linked In and Twitter begins.

February 2018