Inspirational art work created by stroke survivors from Hunstanton will be on public display and available to buy at Thornham Village Hall from Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September.
The art work has been created by two groups of stroke survivors who attended art therapy workshops set up by the Stroke Association in Hunstanton and Kings Lynn. Stroke survivors from the Coastal Stroke Support and Carers Group and West Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Stroke Group attended the workshops to explore different artistic techniques, such as watercolours, pastels and felt-making.
Stroke survivor Bruce Seales, from Kings Lynn, is one of the artists with work on display. Bruce was left with aphasia, a communication difficulty, and weakness down the right side of his body. Bruce has always enjoyed art, but after his stroke he had to learn how to use his left hand to paint again.
Gemma Smith, Communication Support Coordinator from the Stroke Association said: “We’re amazed by everyone’s artwork, but in particular the beautiful artwork Bruce has created. Art therapy has given Bruce a new lease of life and it is now much more than a hobby, it is essential therapy for him.
“Art therapy can help stroke survivors build their confidence and express themselves in new ways. We see the overwhelming courage and determination many stroke survivors, such as Bruce, show in coping with the loss of different skills that we take for granted. We’d love to see everyone from across the local area to come along to the exhibition and even buy an original piece of artwork of their own.”
The exhibition has been organised by local artist, Stephen Martyn, and Stroke Association volunteer and stroke survivor, Al Ware. All proceeds from the event will support the work of the Stroke Association and future workshops for stroke survivors.
For more information about the exhibition, please contact Gemma Smith on Gemma.Smith@stroke.org.uk or 01366 377803.