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Purbeck themed art exhibition created by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care patients opens at the New Wave Gallery in Swanage

by | Sep 12, 2023 | Clinical, News | 0 comments

Day Hospice patients at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care have created an array of artwork which will be on display for 2 weeks at the New Wave Gallery on the High Street in Swanage, from Saturday 30th September until Saturday 14th October.

The free art exhibition will be officially opened in a private viewing event on Friday 29th September by hospice Patrons Mike and Pam Jeffries.

Creative Art Therapists Rachel Ford and Karen England commented, “We received the kind offer of the free exhibition space from Gina Marshall at the New Wave Gallery and leapt at the change to showcase the amazing work from our patients.

“Creative activities are a big part of the day hospice service and provides our patients with an opportunity to reengage with art or take up a new skill. We find that this gives them purpose, a sense of achievement, allows them a choice and gives them some control back in their lives. Activities can be facilitated to meet patients’ needs. We do so much, such as drawing, sketching and painting using a wide range of materials. We also do work with clay creating sculptures and ceramic artwork.

“All artworks will be for sale and proceeds from sales will go to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.

“We’ve also been doing some larger scale installations and have had great fun producing a 6-foot ice cream cone created out of paper maché and wire. One single patient completed the paper machée and painted the entire cone! Others have created smaller life size cones to be a part of the larger installation. The patients were asked, ‘What flavour ice cream does Lewis-Manning represent to you?’ For example, one particular patient chose Tutti Frutti saying, ‘It’s a mixture of flavours, representing the real mix of patients, staff and volunteers at the hospice and how accepting everyone is of each other, it doesn’t matter who we are, what we are, all are welcome!’

“Another patient chose Raspberry Ripple, described as ‘smooth but with bumps!’

“A Wareham patient who is blind, following a stroke said that he wanted to paint and he has created a beautiful drawing of a boat on the water ‘goose winging’.

“We’re urging people to come along and enjoy looking at our patients’ creations and celebrate their creativity. There will be so much to see…we’ve turned paintings in to local landmark post cards, sketchings, paintings, key rings, tie dye T shirts and we even have a fabulous, knitted Punch and Judy puppet theatre, including several characters and the sausages – it’s brilliant, a must view!

Jackie, a regular hospice user said, “I love learning to do the artwork, I’ve been encouraged to pick up a paint brush for the first time, I’m always up for a challenge and I’ve now even bought my own acrylic paints to use at home!”

Wimborne patient Lyndon added, “I didn’t ever imagine myself doing paper maché or that it would be so therapeutic!”

Another hospice patient Joe concluded, “As the weeks go by I feel a lot more motivated to do something different. You have made me feel that I have a purpose, thank you!”

Visitors need to be aware that there are a few steps down into the exhibition space. Entry is free.

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