An exhibition of paintings, pastels and drawings by and about people living with Aphasia, in partnership with The Elliott Art Group, City University London, Stroke Association and Connect.
Our lives are full of stories. We tell stories to introduce ourselves. We tell stories about things we've done, places we've been to, and things that have happened in our lives. We tell stories about our past, our present, and our future. We tell stories to reach out and connect with others. Stories are the fabric of our lives.
The opportunity to tell stories is significantly compromised if someone has aphasia, which is a neurological condition caused by a stroke or other acquired brain injury. Through the LUNA research project at City University London, people with aphasia have explored telling stories over a period of 12 weeks, thereby developing their skills. People worked and reworked their stories with speech and language research students, under the guidance of the broader research team of Drs Madeline Cruice, Lucy Dipper, and Rachael-Anne Knight. Participating in LUNA has led to a range of benefits including more awareness of language and storytelling, as well as better mood and confidence.
The project at Mall Galleries Learning Centre will reveal the personal narratives developed in the LUNA project, alongside an exhibition of works by The Elliott Art Group as well as by people living with aphasia.