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Hepatitis See
Community Art and Digital Photography Project


The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework has five overarching national outcomes, one of these outcomes being:

"A society where the attitudes of individuals, the public, professionals and the media in Scotland towards sexual health and blood borne viruses are positive, non-stigmatising and supportive."



"They've been trying to get acceptance. And I think that's shown. And, see, learning that, it just feels so good."

For World Hepatitis Day 2017, the HepCScot partnership planned an arts and photography project and competition, through which people affected by hepatitis C were invited to express how they experienced attitudes of others towards them and, importantly, how they viewed themselves. By using art as a medium, the project aimed to visualise identity and stigma and how these affect people living with viral hepatitis in Scotland.

Hepatitis See’s genesis included a small scale art project by Forth Valley Recovery Community, a recovery and support group. This was further developed, grew arms and legs, and helped give shape to national workshops that looked to highlight key issues around stigma related to hepatitis C.

Free community art workshops, led by experienced artists, took place in Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Lothian and Tayside, where people affected by hepatitis C were supported to explore key themes and express their ideas through a variety of artistic medium. In many areas NHS boards were key contributors and provided organisational and logistical support. Local support organisations and groups did a mountain of work themselves and special thanks need to be given for the work they put in to support people affected by viral hepatitis.

An art and photography exhibition and public engagement event was held at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow on 18 and 19 July, with art and photography workshops, a virus colouring-in station, decoration of big aluminium Cs, and a public/supervised injecting installation taking place.



A final exhibition took place at GoMA on World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, with a prize ceremony for the art and photography sections of the project. Prizes included Scotland bus tours courtesy of Rabbie’s Tours, Art on a Postcard artworks, and £250 worth of digital photography vouchers donated by the late Alex Murray, a keen photographer and founding member of The National Hepatitis C Patient Forum.

The HepCScot partnership would like to give a massive thank you to all of the artists who participated for their great work and who made Hepatitis See a success, as well as all of the organisations and individuals who supported this event.

We would also very much like to thank GoMA for the use of their space. It was very special for Hepatitis See to get such a high level of engagement with the public, and the feedback the artists received was very valuable. Having their art shown in GoMA is something the artists can look back on with pride in their achievement.


Andrew - Long Shadow 1 (Forth Valley)

""My pictures represent my depression.
Casting shadows over my whole life.
Everything’s on top of me.
Everything is overwhelming me."


Karin - Hep Sea (Lothian)

"I felt swamped and now I’m not.
There was illness, now there’s wellness.
Thank God!"




Deni - Cut Off From Life (Forth Valley)

"When I went through treatment for hepatitis C 7 years ago, I felt that everyone was living and enjoying life while I was existing in a type of suspended animation. In effect, I felt alone and cut off from life. Other people were bright and happy while I was in a particularly bad place. Luckily the treatment worked and slowly, the light began to stream back into my life."



View the photos from Hepatitis See here

View the artwork from Hepatitis See here

Read the press release from HepCScot here

"Now, people with hepatitis C are stepping forward, and they're willing to do that."

In addition to photos, we have created two videos about the exhibition.

One summarises the exhibition and the activities taking place. Becky Wood, an artist volunteer who led workshops in Forth Valley and at GoMA is one of those who speaks about the value of art in engaging people.

We've also filmed public opinions of the exhibition, which features Hepatitis C Parliamentary Champion Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South. In this video, Kay, who participated in the art workshops said, "They've been trying to get acceptance. And I think that's shown. And, see, learning that, it just feels so good."


Watch the summary video of Hepatitis See here

Watch the public opinion video of Hepatitis See here

Hepatitis See features in the Lancet

Marc Niebel, Research Technician at the University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, has written a review of the Hepatitis See exhibition, which featured in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology (October 2017, Volume 2, No. 10).

Read the article about Hepatitis See, "Living with hepatitis C", from Marc Niebel, Research Technician at the University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, here

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This campaign is a partnership in Scotland between:

Hepatitis ScotlandWaverley CareAddactionPositive HelpThe Hepatitis C Trust

Our NHS partners are:

In partnership with NHS GrampianIn partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and ClydeIn partnership with NHS LanarkshireIn partnership with NHS LothianIn partnership with NHS Forth ValleyIn partnership with NHS FifeIn partnership with MCN

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