1 – 31 May 2015
Preview: Thursday 30 April 2015 / 6-8pm / Free / All welcome
An exhibition of work by clients of Headway Milton Keynes.
During May MK Gallery’s Project Space will show Making Headway, an exhibition of work by clients of Headway Milton Keynes, a charity which works with people who have experienced a brain injury.
The participants have produced work during a series of workshops focussed on ceramic glazing techniques and around the theme of Our Environment – Man Made and Nature. The exhibition incorporates the clients’ research, preparatory work, glazed ceramics and photographic documentation of the process, and will coincide with Brain Injury Awareness Week (18 - 24 May 2015).
Along with the obvious physical, cognitive and emotional challenges, a brain injury can bring about a significant social impact which may include a loss of job and family roles, inability to participate in pre-injury hobbies or leisure activities and difficulty building or maintaining relationships. Art can allow participants an alternative way to process and express which is not reliant on language itself and which will challenge a client’s cognitive ability, as well as offering physical benefits such as improved fine motor control and co ordination skills and mental health benefits such the combatting of anxiety and depression and an increase in self-confidence.
Headway Milton Keynes provides an holistic, client-centred approach to brain-injured clients through cognitive, physical, social and emotional re-learning and rehabilitation services. Its mission is to improve the lives of people who have acquired a brain injury by providing excellent services which promote independence and well-being, through enabling its clients to establish and achieve their personal aims and objectives. At present it supports 25 members on a weekly basis.
The project has been generously supported by funding from Milton Keynes Community Foundation.