Artwork from brain injured people on display in LondonDecember 20th, 2016
An exhibition in London is showing artwork created by artists with brain injuries throughout December. The art studio at Headway East London is showcasing the work of 30 artists within the railway arch location in Hackney.
Many of the artists had little interest in art before their injury but embraced their creative side after they acquired their brain injury.
The artwork was created as part of the rehabilitation programme for members of Headway East London, in order to give them a purpose and something meaningful to do with their time. Many of the members were unable to return to their previous jobs due to their injuries, and Headway provides them with support and routine to their day. The support offered is on a long-term basis, for as long as a person needs it.
Ben Graham from Headway commented, “Therapy is about making yourself better, but what they’re doing is about making something, selling it to people, engaging with the public and forming an identity they feel comfortable and happy with. Essentially they’re no longer unemployed, which affects their self-worth and gives people that root to self-expression.”
The profit from any of the artwork sold is being split 50/50 between each artist and the Headway East London charity.
Art and creativity are often used as a rehabilitation tool for people with brain injuries. Recently, brain injured patients at TRU Rehabilitation created artwork for CFG Law as part of their rehabilitation. You can see photographs of their fantastic artwork here.
CFG Law are specialist brain injury compensation solicitors with a particular focus on accessing early treatment and rehabilitation for clients in order to improve their recovery and quality of life.