Different Strokes

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To see Julia’s workshop programme please go to our workshops page and look out for Different Strokes.

Every 5 minutes someone in the UK has a stroke and there are 1.2 million stroke survivors living the in the UK. The onset of stroke is usually sudden, but the effects are often significant and long lasting.

Over the past year our new artist in residence Julia Mason has worked with patients at St.Pancras Hospital in the early stages of rehabilitation following stroke. She witnessed the extraordinary resilience of stroke survivors and their families as they began to adapt to their changed circumstances, but also saw how stroke impacted on individual’s feeling of self-worth and identity.

In this project Different Strokes, Julia will explore the physiological and emotional impact of stroke and jointly create artworks with stroke survivors that develop and support a positive and empowering sense of self following stroke.

During her residency Julia will hold open studio sessions and drop in workshops to make individual hand casts and collectively create a large scale brain neuron net sculpture. She will also provide workshops and 121 sessions with stroke survivors to explore the use of metaphor such as the swallow, a bird which flies away but returns each year, and to develop ideas for bespoke decorated and embroidered garments such as gloves and collars.

Julia Mason is an artist who uses sculpture, textiles, drawing and photography to engage people in creating both collective and individual artworks through playful and experimental activities. Her art practice is strongly influenced by her background in nursing, public health and community development and a desire to make visible or give voice to those who may be overlooked or disregarded.

Her recent work includes an altered book sculpture Uprooted on the theme of displacement of refugees that won the Wiener Library’s International Bookart Award and an interactive textile installation1000 petty indignities engaging communities in dialogue about poverty and injustice.

See more of Julia’s work at her website.

  • Date: 16 Apr 2018