World Hepatitis Day 2017 – Hepatitis See

A series of artworks and photographs by people living with hepatitis C have been displayed in Glasgow today to mark World Hepatitis Day.

The Hepatitis See exhibition went on display at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and explores the everyday issues that living with hepatitis C in Scotland brings.

Among the themes explored in the artwork were experiences of stigma and its effect on mental health, and the positive impact of treatment that can help people to clear the virus.

The artwork for the exhibition was produced by people living with hepatitis C, at workshops in cities across Scotland. We were delighted to host the workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Through a variety of projects, we’ve found that art is a fantastic way to support people to express themselves and share their experiences in a positive way that supports their mental health and wellbeing.

Ahead of the exhibition, members of the public were invited to workshops in GoMA where they could learn more about the project and contribute to it by decorating large ‘C’ sculptures.

The Hepatitis See project was developed through HepCScot, a partnership initiative we are involved in along with Hepatitis Scotland, Addaction, Positive Help and the Hepatitis C Trust to promote World Hepatitis Day.

Today in Scotland, there are an estimated 36,000 people living with hepatitis C, 40% of whom have never been diagnosed. Hepatitis C can lead to serious liver damage and liver cancer but, thanks to effective treatments, the condition can now be cured

Along with the HepCScot partners, we are working to highlight the availability of highly effective treatments, and to encourage people who may have been at risk to access testing and support.