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Therapeutic artwork exhibition

Posted on the 20th October 2016

Artwork created by service users at a mental health facility in Preston is being showcased at an exhibition in Bolton.

The Occupational Therapy department at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with charity Create Bolton to showcase some of the magnificent work that has been produced by service users at Guild Lodge in Preston. Artwork often forms part of the therapeutic activity to help service users explore and articulate their feelings and the Occupational Therapy service at Guild Lodge delivers regular sessions that can be attended on a drop in basis.

The focus of the exhibition was ‘time’ which has a special significance for both service users and staff in a secure setting like Guild Lodge. Visitors at the exhibition were also encouraged to reflect on a moment in time from the past. The artwork on display was inspired by a range of artists including Van Gough, Matisse and Warhol. The grand opening took place earlier this month and the exhibition is open to the public every Friday and Saturday until 5 November 2016. You can find Create Bolton at Claremont House, Bark Street Entrance, Bolton, BL1 2BY.

Professor Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to attend the opening of the exhibition and I was extremely proud to see some of the fantastic work that has been created on display. The occupational therapy department offers our service users the unique opportunity to express themselves through creativity and this can often help individuals to build confidence and learn new skills whilst having fun. I’m really pleased that Bolton Create has given us the opportunity and I hope that we can explore opportunities to work together in the future.” 

Lauren Rosewell, Art Technical Instructor at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The exhibition is a celebration of the creativity, skills, confidence and self-esteem developed throughout a year at the Guild Lodge Occupational Therapy department. We have over 40 varied pieces of art, ceramics, metal work, woodwork, photography and creative writing forming the exhibition. Create Bolton has given us a great platform to enable us to show case the creative accomplishments of the service users here at Guild Lodge. I am very proud of all the hard work that each individual has contributed and I am looking forward to members of the public coming to see it too.”

If you would like more information about Create Bolton visit http://createbolton.com/index.html