In June 2016 London Brain Project brought together children with brain injury, their families, artists, clinicians, teachers and scientists to create collaborative artworks that capture the many stories of growing up with brain injury.
In January 2017 Beyond my Brain invites a wider audience to join the conversation as the works, facilitated by artists Holly Birtles, Ivan Liotchev, Rutie Borthwick & Candice Hirson, are showcased at Menier Gallery alongside a special commission by Rutie Borthwick. The collection responds to the diverse conversations and feelings surrounding the complexities of brain injury through a range of media, including a short documentary by Virginia Pitts. Children and their families will be guided through the collection by an activity trail and audio guide, bringing another dimension to the themes raised by the works.
Throughout the exhibition London Brain Project are hosting a series of free events to actively engage families and teachers:
· The private view, taking place on 17th January, is an exclusive opportunity to see the work amongst the artists, scientists and participants of the workshop and will be accompanied by an excerpt from the much acclaimed show Tracing Grace performed by Off The Wall theatre company.
· School trips on Thursday 19th January will introduce local primary school children to the wonders of their own brain and the consequences of brain injury through art-making and theatre with On The Button theatre company.
· A Teacher’s Workshop on Saturday 21st January will provide educators with specialist knowledge to support children with brain injuries in the school setting, including talks from Dr Frederique Liegeois (Lecturer in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL).
· A family fun afternoon on Saturday the 21st January will give children the chance to explore the exhibition through art, by taking part in the International Collaborative Drawing Project.