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Many hundreds of people have been part of The Way Through Project as at Spring 2020
When I was still ill, a group of arts and health & well-being movers and shakers got the wheels moving in 2017/18, organised the first exhibitions, the framing of pictures, fundraising and media coverage: Paula Gibson, Louise Baxter, Angela Joss, Alan Parker, the late great Gerard Rochford, Holly Chandler, Irene Dillon, Jakki Shylan, Patsy Telford, Claire Trembleau, Lizzie Howarth, Anna Rist. They gave me a whole new life.
All photography, this website, the creation of The Way Through Book, all prints, the Apple and Wolf Claw Amulet are the fabulous work of Chris Hegharty of Random Ninja Productions.
Support from arts professionals was vital at the beginning and special gratitude to Stephanie Vandem (curation) Carol Kelly (gallery space), Kelly Cairns (hanging) , Jane Smith (gallery space) and Philip Thomson (for cataloguing).
Too big an army to be mentioned helped with the hanging of the first exhibitions but special mention goes to Miles Chandler, Brian Shanks and Steve Joss.
Hundreds of people who cannot be named supported the Crowd Funding campaign in winter 2017/18 and major support came from Jimmy Milne, Chairman of The Balmoral Group; Michael Fotheringham of Fotheringham Property Develolopment, Scotmid and Cover Crew. Inkind support with events came from The Anchor Hotel, Transition Extreme and Camphill Newton Dee.
The film "Painting Myself Brave" was made in 2018 by Tim Langford introduced by Louise Baxter with David Liddell and Keith Wright. The film "Painting my Pilgrimage" was made by Charlotte Rochford in 2019.
The opportunity to work with Maggie's Centres across Scotland in 2019 came from Sandy Nairn as introduced by Louise Baxter and led to my exhibiting across Scotland as part of the Maggies Culture Crawls.
The memoir "Walking Backwards (Up an Apostle's Nose)" would not have been published in 2019 without Emma Myatt, Alastair Lawrie, Jakki Shylan, Katie Berker, Zoe Ross, Karelia Wright, April Bofiill and Guillermo Caldera.
I am grateful to the following for allowing me to exhibit with them, some of them for the first time as an arts venue - Aberdeen Arts Centre, Johnshaven Heritage Hub, Bass Rock Gallery, Newton Dee Phoenix Centre, Aberdeen Community Health Village, Glencraft Furniture Showroom, Castlegate Framing (Aberdeen), Transition Extreme, Johnshaven Village Hall, CLAN Cancer Support,St Margarets Centre (Braemar), When the Monkey Sleeps (Glasgow). I am grateful to the Lord Provost of Aberdeen for opening the July exhibition.
Professional framing and catering services were provided by Castlegate Framing, Rosies Social Enterprises (Framing), The Breadmaker and CFINE (catering).
Many thanks to those who contributed poetry in 2018 to The Way Through Book - Tom Rist, John Shirt, Angela Joss, Marka Rifat, Gerard Rochford - and fifty different health and wellbeing venues from CLAN Cancer Support Shetland to Queen Elizabeth's Hospital Birmingham took a copy.
Alan Parker made the first promotional video in 2017 and he, Angela Joss and Tess Day promoted the project on SHMU FM. Tess Day involved me in her Women in Arts event in 2019 and has other irons in the fire as I write and Fin Hall has let me be part of Everybody Has a Story.
There would have been no paintings without donations of materials from Jakki Shylan, Kate Mackenzie, Paola McClure, Debbie Clark, Rebecca Westguard, Robin Gauldie, Miles Chandler, Holly Chandler.
Those who have bought paintings and prints have invested in this project's future and followers on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and Instagram give encouragement.
Many thanks to everyone - including all those I have forgotten!