Healing art 

18/04/2013 00:00 

The healing power of art therapy and its power to soothe troubled souls is on display in a new exhibition at University College Hospital.

 Healing art

Bringing together work from art therapy practitioners and their clients, Art+Healing explores how creativity can improve mental, physical and emotional well-being by helping people resolve conflicts, manage behaviour, reduce stress and increase self-esteem. The exhibition runs from 19 April to 5 June in the University College Hospital street gallery.
 
The artists range from those trying to cope with bereavement or despair to serviceman suffering from post traumatic stress, adults with mental health issues and children with severe learning difficulties. 
 
Proceeds from the sale of catalogues and artwork will go to the charity ArtTherapy4all and UCLH Charity. The charity is jointly supporting the exhibition with The Art Therapy Agency and The London Art Therapy Centre
 
Guy Noble, UCLH art curator, said: "The arts have a broad role to play in healthcare from specially designed artworks commissioned to create uplifting environments for patients through to music performances on wards offering patients and visitors a respite from their stresses.
 
"The Art and Healing exhibition showcases the important role that Art Therapy plays in healthcare through focusing on the more personal and therapeutic impact that art  has in the care and treatment of patients. The exhibition highlights a number of personal stories that demonstrate the importance of arts healing role in peoples’ lives and its’ ability to help one communicate and deal with ill health. It is a privilege to be able to host this deeply moving and informative exhibition. "
 
The exhibits include colourful drawings by a UCLH cancer patient who created hundreds of images of vehicles whilst undergoing treatment at University College Hospital. His story will be featured in a future issue of Inside Story.
 
The exhibition also features:
 
Goldfish Bowl Girl
Acrylic on Canvas
"I’m an Iranian girl, I escaped to the UK in 2009 to seek asylum. I love to paint because I can show my feelings, I started art therapy four years ago; that’s helped me to come out of the whole darkness I was in. I was imprisoned in Iran, for being active in the women’s movement. By this name “Anon”, you can imagine my story and my painting."
 
The Change
Mixed media on paper
"Women have different experiences of the menopause. For me, it is the migraines, hot flushes, dryness, aching joints and heightened emotions that make it so difficult to cope with. Engaging in art therapy has helped me to think about the changes happening to my body. Working through my feelings with the support of my therapist has enabled me to cope better with this confusing time."
 
Art Therapy Collection
Photography
“This is work made by pupils in a West London school, who present with a range of severe learning difficulties, including profound and multiple learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorder. Therapy offers a perfect vessel in which to facilitate an open and playful atmosphere. It creates the possibility of increased interactivity and communication, spontaneity, inventiveness, excitement, self-awareness and achievement. It can be whatever the pupil wants it to be”.
 
Care and Neglect
Slip cast ceramic
"Making this piece was a response to working as an art therapist with neglected children. The image of a cradle emerged from their play with a dolls house in the therapy room. The baby in its cradle was used to play out fantasies about babies and mothers, and love, care and neglect."

 

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