All 50 pieces of art on show will be the creations of Londoners living with a progressive, life limiting illness. The exhibition will display art from a diverse range of mediums, from poetry to the visual arts.
It was a group of Trinity patients who first had the idea of an exhibition, wishing to raise awareness about the value of the art therapy they had received during their care.
Catherine Hodgson, one of the patients organising the event, commented: “Being part of the Art Therapy group has reconnected me with my love of art and the soothing effect it has on me. I can really get lost in my work and forget about my worries.”
“Over time we have all gradually opened up to each other and the things we have shared have helped us to develop perspective and understanding of all our situations. I love being part of a bunch of very eclectic people and the friendships I have made are simply wonderful,” she added.
The art on display will be the fruits of Trinity’s art therapy sessions, offered to patient’s at the hospice as part of their treatment. These sessions have been proven to ease anxiety, build confidence and help patients regain control of their lives in the face of their illness. The process aims to give patients a way to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe environment. Patients are encouraged to paint, sculpt, collate, take pictures or express themselves through digital arts, as well as in poetry.
Diana Kagiafa, Art Therapist at Royal Trinity Hospice, said of the event: “Most of the patients I meet haven’t had any art experience since school but I see time and time again how the life force of creativity can transform people’s lives. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to share in personal and collective themes from the work that we do in the hospice.”
Not Finished Yet
“We walk in through these large Victorian doors
Automatic doors that welcome you in
Without questions asked
How can I help you?
With the most pleasant smile
At the desk we smell the lovely food from the Café
The laughter and smiles touch me as my eye catches some faces from the corner of my eye
We can see sadness but we are met with an abundance of support at every step of the way
There is always someone to catch you here
Be careful how you go now
Remember I am here whenever you need me
Thank you so very much as I am not quite finished yet”
By P. Gregory McQueen
Attendance at the event is free and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for the event, please email Grace Lodge on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7787 1089.