The artwork of seven stroke survivors has gone on public display to show there is life after a stroke.
The exhibits were produced during a project run by Start, in association with the Salford Stroke Recovery Service, to help those affected by strokes to come to sessions and express feelings through different mediums such as charcoal or collage.
The idea to put the art in a gallery came from a member of the group, Anthony Richardson, and on February 28 this dream was brought to life, with artwork of the survivors proudly on show at the People’s Gallery within Start’s Broad Street base.
One standout work of art, a simple pencil drawing of a lorry, was created by the inspiration of the event, Anthony Richardson.
Eighteen months ago Anthony experienced a stroke on a holiday in Las Vegas on his final night before coming back to the UK. All his family were in the UK when they found out and raced to be by his side.
Anthony’s son, Joshua, said: “I’m lucky to have such caring people around me because they all gave me enough money to quickly get over there and visit him”
The stroke has left Anthony partially weaker on his right side, which used to be his dominant side, and has affected his communication and speech.
Anthony used to drive large coaches and lorries, and even ran his own independent company in transportation, however due to the stroke he was unable to work and his weakness in one side makes driving difficult.
Anthony’s goal is to be able to drive lorries and coaches again, and has recently gained his driving license for cars, and he is striving to succeed further.
The survivor group was part of a wider project by Start, funded by Salford CVS and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, to support the mental well being of people with long term conditions. The service also provides support by conducting home visits and assistance with accessing local leisure and social activities.
Start is a mental health and arts organisation based in Salford, working with the community to give people the strength and confidence to flourish. With classes in photography and calligraphy, it opens up creative pathways for anyone to follow, and to find out more, you can visit their official website here.
The Salford Stroke Recovery Service provides high-quality information as well as practical and emotional support following a stroke. It works with stroke survivors, carers and family members.
For more information on the Salford Stroke Recovery Service, check out its website.
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