My father is the wise man of the village
- By: Andrew Moscrop
“My father is the wise man of the village”—large, in buzzing red neon striplight, currently confronts visitors to Edinburghs Fruitmarket Gallery. Artist Kate Gray took the statement from the thought filled sketchbooks of psychiatric patient Nicky Barrett. The resulting work, in neon, unashamedly presents Nickys private world of thoughts to the public and lends its title to the products of FUSION.
The two year FUSION programme enabled established artists to work within hospitals in the Edinburgh and Lothians region. It comprised two projects: Commissions, in which eight artists produced works specific to several specialised hospital departments in the region; and Collaborations, in which artists such as Gray worked with long term psychiatric patients like Nicky.
The gallery exhibition of collaborative works is just one outcome of FUSION. The commissioned displays have been shown in various hospital departments, and an accompanying DVD and book have been produced describing the aims and