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Individuals at The Priory unlock their creativity at new exhibition

Posted on 11, December 2012

Thornford Park and Chadwick Lodge, residential units that are part of the Priory Group, are holding an exhibition at Together’s Our Space gallery to showcase service users’ artwork.

The UNLOCK art exhibition features a range of mixed media artwork completed by service users and demonstrates the potential of art as a mode of therapy, allowing individuals to express their feelings and release their inner creativity.

Dawn Jeffries, Director of Clinical Services at Thornford Park said: “Art is a fantastic way for our service user’s to express themselves and creatively release their inner feelings. This exhibition demonstrates one of the milestones we have achieved in promoting recovery through art among our patients. The exhibition is an excellent opportunity to showcase the great work of Thornford Park and Chadwick Lodge and has provided a unique way for our service users to work together across two secure sites and provide an opportunity for members of the public to view some great art work.”

Liz Felton, CEO at Together, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer Our Space to individuals in residential recovery at The Priory, to give them a forum within which to express themselves freely and to unlock their creative potential. People experiencing mental health problems who are in secure units and may have an offending history, are one of the most stigmatised, disenfranchised and unheard groups.

“Together wants to offer these individuals the chance to use art, which is a powerful recovery tool, as a medium to showcase their talents, so that they can be judged by their creativity rather than by their diagnoses.”

“We have supported The Priory to review and implement best practise in service user involvement across some of its services and we are keen to explore further ways of working together so that we can increase independence, choice and control for individuals experiencing severe and enduring mental distress.”