Tony Fisher is known as a determined, creative individual, (which we can second), who works across many art-forms; art, photography, poetry, film and socially engaged practice.
This story shares how The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge are working together with partners and their local visually impaired community to enable more meaningful access to creative and cultural experiences to boost wellbeing, raise awareness and create a more inclusive space.
Kate Smith is an award-winning children’s illustrator/designer and a workshop leader, who has a diagnosis of ‘Acute and transient Psychotic Disorder’ which was triggered by stress and anxiety in 2005. Kate was encouraged to make Christmas cards by an Occupational Therapist from the Early Intervention Service in Derbyshire as a coping strategy.
A story by Michelle, sharing the reflections of her family on the role of dance in Rita, her mother’s life, both before and after her diagnosis with dementia.
darts (Doncaster Community Arts) submission of a story that represents personal experiences of the impact of creativity, culture and the arts on health and wellbeing.
This story begins with an introduction from Naomi, who shares with us her experiences of being a full-time carer, Mum, nurse and painter and why now is the right time to share her story and her artwork.
“The arts made me look forward, think, engage and stimulate and that had a wealth of benefits. I realised it was something to hold on to.”
Excerpts from Beyond The Illness, Art n’ the Human experience by Shanali Perera, MBBS MRCP
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” ~ Aristotle
A story by Lorna Collins
I have suffered from a number of psychiatric illnesses over the past eighteen years, following a serious Traumatic Brain Injury. I am now very much in recovery.
A story by Carole Fotheringham
This is a story about how cultural activities are contributing to healing and enriching my life after a life threatening illness. How it seems culture, friendship and laughter have the ability to cure all.
A story by Dave Logan, Chair of Parkinson’s UK – Swindon & District Branch, who has lived with Parkinson’s for sixteen years.
I have had Parkinson’s for over 15 years and celebrated my 70th birthday this July. I have been lucky in that the progressive nature of my Parkinson’s has been slow.
This has been inspired by the work of the medical staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital – in particular, the ICU staff.
I spun a web and wrapped it round my life;
fine spider silk: the type we’re taught to make.
A sticky weave of working mum and wife;
bespoke design – its cords would never break.
High praise I netted in for such rich yarn;
a gossamer of love cocooned my home,
a strategist at work, a queen of charm;
The Beaney’s Power of the Object programme – a dementia & social isolation story
It’s been important to both me and my mum because it’s given Mum the opportunity to come out and do something constructive and it seems to me that she gets some kind of stimulation that lasts for 2 or 3 days afterwards.
Paul Langley, Carer
Photo: Unconventionally Beautiful, MI MI Media
A story by Jenni Burrows.
You’ll Be Fine began as a form of ‘practical mindfulness’ in response to my diagnosis of a rare form of cancer-Primary Cutaneous CD30+ Anaplastic large Cell lymphoma(ALK-).