Giant coat of many colours weaves School’s tale

A giant, multi-coloured coat has been created to celebrate the University’s excellence in health and social science.

The nine-foot installation is part of an exhibition showcasing the research and teaching achievements of the School of Health in Social Science.

The coat – which is suspended from the ceiling on a giant hanger – is part of the This is us exhibition, which runs 21-25 October, 11am-1pm at Inspace on Crichton Street.

It was created by Sara Balestrieri, Paloma del Valle, Kyle Maenz, and Vanna Paabor, all Performance Costume students at Edinburgh College of Art.

The students were commissioned to build a creative art piece to embody the School’s story – such as the use of patchwork to represent the different areas working in partnership.

Creative symbol

In the lining are sewn the names of staff who have contributed to the School’s work in the areas of Clinical and Health Psychology, Counselling Psychology and Applied Social Sciences and Nursing Studies.

Alongside the vibrant coat, a digital slide and panel display will present some of the School’s research highlights.

Research impact

These include developing guidelines to help children stay safe online, research looking at how children interact with animals and an international partnership examining the efficacy of mental health services for vulnerable groups.

The display will also profile a photography project documenting the recovery of people with alcohol addiction.

The coat project was developed by Professor Charlotte Clarke, former Head of School and International Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Our School is on a journey that brings people together to tackle some of the deepest challenges that face individuals and societies. This exhibition is a way of embodying our values and approach, and celebrating the place of the School in the University community.

Professor Matthias SchwannauerHead of the School of Health in Social Science 

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