Media Release: Beyond Epilepsy exhibition to raise public understanding


PEOPLE who enjoy science, art, medicine and history can come and explore a free Beyond Epilepsy exhibition at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Art from 9-19 June.

This event, run in conjunction with the Glasgow Science Festival 2016, asks if greater knowledge of the brain and this common neurological condition has led to a more understanding society as a whole.

Epilepsy Scotland assisted the Beyond Epilepsy collaborative community project, which is a recipient of the prestigious Magnus Magnusson Award 2016.

The leading national charity will also provide information resources throughout the exhibition for anyone wanting support or to know a little bit more about epilepsy.

As part of Glasgow Science Festival 2016, the Beyond Epilepsy Exhibition examines the experiences and challenges faced by people with epilepsy through visual art.

It provides historical background of the changing responses of society towards people with epilepsy from the Greeks to the present day. Through its use of visual art and history, the exhibition aims to challenge current misconceptions and further raise awareness. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings and photographs from Scotland-based artists, many of whom have personal experience of epilepsy.

Head of fundraising, Robyn Friel, said: “We are grateful to the Beyond Epilepsy exhibition project lead, Rachel Hewitt, and creative director, Olivia Vitazkova, for compiling a visually fascinating past and present social history of life with epilepsy.  It offers a platform for artists to show how public perceptions can be further changed so that 55,000 people with epilepsy have a life free from discrimination and stigma.”

The Beyond Epilepsy exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday between 11am – 6pm.

Notes to editor:

1. Epilepsy Scotland works with people affected by epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma. This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people. We represent the 55,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information.  People can email (, text 07786 209501, find us on Facebook, use twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit:

2. Beyond Epilepsy: Art and History Exhibition contributors besides Epilepsy Scotland include: Scotland-based artists, Moyra Campbell, Margaret Mitchell, Siobhan Scott, Gemma Travers, Sharon Thomas and Olivia Vitazkova, and historians, Rachel Hewitt, Simon Walker, Jennifer Farquharson and Axelle Champion.

3. Visit this website to learn more,:; Facebook;

#BeyondEpilepsy; or to contact one of the Beyond Epilepsy team to request an interview, further information and images, please contact

4. Beyond Epilepsy exhibition team are: Rachel Hewitt, project lead: Beyond Epilepsy Exhibition, email or call: 0141 331 3481 or email Olivia Vitazka:

5. Glasgow Science Festival (GSF) 2016 marks its tenth year.

Glasgow Science Festival 2016: 9-19 June 2016

Glasgow Science Festival: Beyond Epilepsy Do you know what causes a seizure? For 200 years, doctors have been trying to explain epilepsy. This art exhibition looks at the history of epilepsy from the Greeks to the present day, through the eyes of people with epilepsy.

Venue: Intermedia Gallery, CCA Glasgow, Sauchiehall Street Date: Thursday 9 to 19th June

Time: Tues- Sat 11:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00

Cost: free

Details and booking:

This is just one of a plethora of events to celebrate Glasgow Science Festival 2016.

From 9-19 June, venues across the city will be a-buzz with a huge range of activities for your enlightenment and entertainment.

All is revealed:

6. Beyond Epilepsy Exhibition

For more details from Epilepsy Scotland please contact: Robyn Friel, head of fundraising on 0141 427 4911 or 07534 026670 Email:


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Epilepsy Scotland contact details…

Contact: Robyn Friel
Phone: 01414274911