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The Therapy of Art – The Art of Therapy

The Therapy of Art – The Art of Therapy

Venue: The Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet
When: 16/01/2020 – 14/02/2020
Admission: FREE

“The Therapy of Art – The Art of Therapy”
“Impressions of the North” by Barbara Renton Wood
Opening: Thursday 16th January 2020, 5-7pm

Sometimes words can’t be used or found to describe thoughts and feelings, but the process involved in art making can help people deal with both mental and physical health difficulties that life throws at them. This exhibition brings together Brain Box – a collection of boxes that conveys each individual’s experience of living with Parkinson’s disease, along with several art psychotherapists – who use art making processes to help others that may struggle with communication to express themselves. Both of which, through the medium of art, share their experiences with you.

The opening offers a great opportunity to meet the artists and ask any questions you may have over drinks and nibbles.

In the main gallery:

Brain Box (exhibited in 2013) – this collection of 40 boxes was inspired and curated by Jan Sopher, who herself lives and deals with Parkinson’s disease. Each box reflects the creators experiences of this life changing illness, giving people an insight and raising awareness of Parkinson’s.

Art psychotherapists have both an understanding of art processes and are qualified therapists. They work with individuals and groups in residential and community settings, including schools, on hospital wards and in prisons.

Art Psychotherapists take the lead from the client. The approach is non directive and the client is encouraged to explore for themselves how making art can help.
The art psychotherapists work in a number of different clinical areas, including forensic, eating disorders, learning disability services, with children and adults and also in the psychosis service. Patients are referred for art psychotherapy by the members of the teams that the art psychotherapist is employed into.

Meet the art psychotherapists:

John Rogers – Private Sector (Specialist Psychological Trauma Psychotherapist)
Sandra Goody – LDCAMHS and CAMHS Teeswide service

Pat Hodgson – adult mental health, Stockton

Andy Walker – psychosis service, Durham, Darlington and Teesside

Shaun Wassall – Forensic Mental Health – Primrose Service at HMP Low Newton and Roseberry Park Hospital

In our new temporary space on the ground floor:

Barbara Renton Wood – originally from Middlesbrough, Barbara has developed her own impressionist style inspired by Len Tabner and the Northern Industrial sources, including sea and landscape. She also has a passion for flowers and her loose & contemporary style and vibrancy of colours is unique. Barbara’s preferred medium is water colour, often adding textures and mixed media.

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