Art: A Powerful Form of Expression
An exhibition of works by stroke survivors
Part of Art Rehabilitation Programme at the Imperial Stroke Centre, supported by the Imperial Health Charity
Imperial Stroke Centre
We’re delighted to showcase our art exhibition Art: A Powerful Form of Expression 2019/20 of works by stroke survivors at the Imperial Stroke Centre in conjunction with the Imperial Health Charity and The Big Draw, linking up to this year's theme of Drawn to Life.
on the 9th Floor at Charing Cross Hospital offers a colourful
insight into how art can play an important role in the recovery process. This
has been organised by Emelie Salford, head of the Art Rehabilitation programme
at the Imperial Stroke Centre who works closely with Jennifer Crow, Clinical
Specialist OT in Stroke.
“Art has been a cathartic healing tool
that has enabled Brian to deal with the frustrations that stroke survivors
encounter on a day to day basis” - Family member
Brian Assiter from the Art Inspires Living Series 2018-2019 will be exhibited at Art: A Powerful Form of Expression.
Emelie explains “Art serves as a helpful tool, stimulus and outlet, reducing stress and
encouraging a positive outlook on life, it can also aid dexterity,
coordination, vision and boosts self-esteem. Art
enables patients to express themselves in a freer way, there’s no right or
wrong and artistic expression has an invaluable ability to brighten up the day.
The aim is not to create a masterpiece, it’s about being curious and allowing
oneself to explore new ways of communicating”
“It helped me focus”
“Helped me with my eyesight”
“I felt more able”
“I feel better!” - Quotes by stroke
Dr Soma Banerjee, Consultant Stroke Physician
and Head of Specialty, Imperial Stroke Centre said “Stroke can have a profound effect on the body and mind. Advances in
our understanding and management of the condition, focused on rapid, early
assessment and treatment, has significantly improved outcomes and reduced
disability in stroke patients. However, all too often there remain significant
physical and psychological barriers to patients’ recovery. Rehabilitation after
stroke is therefore vital, but often a long, and difficult path. The inability
to communicate and express feelings can leave patients feeling trapped and
depressed. The Art Rehabilitation Programme aims to improve patients’ physical,
mental, and emotional well-being by encouraging self-expression through
painting and drawing.
Crow, Clinical Specialist OT in Stroke, said: “The Art Rehabilitation Programme
offers our patients something completely different. We have been able to engage
patients who were initially very reluctant to participate in therapy sessions
and their contact with the programme has really made an impact on their mood
and their stay in hospital.
in art rehabilitation can help patients to work on their arm strength and skill
as well as their concentration and attention in a fun and informal way. It also
gives patients who are unable to speak an opportunity to express themselves in
a non-verbal way.”
The art work is exhibited on the 9th
Floor of Charing Cross Hospital, outside the Hyperacute Stroke Unit (9 North
ward). It is open to the public 9-5pm, from World Stroke Day on the 29th of October until September 2020.
This is a free event
Suitable for ages:
Imperial Stroke Centre