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
Tue 29 Oct 9am-5pm
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. The exhibition 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

Drawings by 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 survivors

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. 

Jennifer 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.   “Engaging 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: All

Organised by Imperial Stroke Centre

Ms Emelie Salford
t: 07900 040134

Imperial Stroke Centre
Charing Cross Hospital
Fulham Palace Road
W6 8RF
0790 0040 134

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