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Art workshops ease patients back to good health

30 June 2010

The healing powers of art have been used at a North Wales hospital to ease patients back to good health through drawing, painting and creative writing workshops.

Jaime Kelly, of Bodelwyddan, a second year fine art student at Glynd┼Ár University, assisted the University’s Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Dr Susan Liggett, and PhD student Karen Heald with art sessions with patients in the Ablett Ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

Over a six week cycle, patients were given sessions in drawing, painting, photography, film, sound and creative writing. The initiative has been running since the autumn, with an exhibition of work produced by patients set to go on display in during the Wrexham Science Festival.

Jaime said: “The sessions have been hugely successful. They have given patients the chance to get involved in something creative, and an opportunity for them to do something different away from day-to-day life on the ward.”

Each week patients were asked to bring in objects related to three themes for the art – time, sleep and dreams.

Jaime added: “The sessions really helped to put the patients at ease and it’s given me the chance to see first-hand how art can help in the rehabilitation of patients. It’s strengthened my view about just how much art can make a key difference to someone’s health.”

The exhibition entitled ‘Visualising the Invisible: Artists Working in Mental Health is being held from Friday 2 July through to Saturday 10 July in the Durber Gallery at the North Wales School of Art and Design, Regent Street, Wrexham. It is open between 11am – 3pm and 5.30-7.30pm on weekdays and from 10am until 4pm on Saturdays.

In addition a talk about this project and achievements is being held on Friday 2nd July at 6pm in the gallery. To book tickets for this event call 01978 293466 or visit www.wrexhamsf.com.

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