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Making Sense

12 March - 15 May 2005

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

"Tell me and I forget
Show me and I remember
Involve me and I understand"
Anthony Furlong, participant

'Making Sense' was an inspirational exhibition of bold and vibrant artworks, created by people living with brain injury.

The award-winning project attempted to raise awareness about the difficulties experienced by those affected, and challenge common perceptions about brain injury - often called the 'hidden disability'.

The award-winning project was initiated by artists Steve Rooney and Sue Williams from community-based TAG (The Artists Group). They worked with patients from the Brain Injuries Unit Rehabilitation Unit at Rathbone Hospital in Wavertree and Mersey Care NHS Trust staff to run more than 30 workshops.

'Mirage' by Ed Doyle, acrylic on canvas

"This made me happy, so I hope you are happy when you look at it" 
Ed Doyle on 'Mirage'

The creative process was used to explore the issues facing patients in the aftermath of injury. Particpants felt that the work was of great benefit, building confidence, engaging new skills, but also helping patients to 'make sense' of their experience through artistic expression.

The resulting exhibition was a colourful and positive collection of photography, print, large vivid paintings and 3D sculpture. The work demonstrated the capabilities of particpants who worked together to produce a powerful and stimulating display.

Living with brain injury

Around one million people a year nationally suffer a head injury. The long term effects of a haemorrhage, accident or assault can lead to behavioural and emotional changes, as well as affect people's thinking skills such as memory, concentration and organisation. For a small minority, life will never be the same. More than 120,000 people in the UK are currently suffering from the long-term effects of brain damage caused by head injury.

'Making Sense' aimed to promote understanding about the nature of brain injury and the plight of those affected. The exhibition opened just prior to Brain Injuries Awareness Week (14-20 March). 

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