A gallery wall with five paintings hanging on it

Mindful creations: An exhibition of therapeutic art

Art and mental wellbeing converge in the heart of Liverpool

In the heart of Liverpool, amidst the vibrant hum of city life, an exhibition unfolded, inviting visitors into the realm of art as a tool for healing. The Brain Charity’s Art for Wellbeing group showcased their creations at Cass Art on School Lane from 10th to 23rd June.

At the helm of this creative voyage was Jens Welch, who has a passion for unlocking the therapeutic potential of artistic expression. Through weekly gatherings, Jens guided participants in exploring the profound connection between art-making and mental wellbeing at The Brain Charity’s Norton Street centre.

“It’s like taking a walk in the fog. You’re not quite sure where you’re headed, but as the mist clears, revelations emerge,” said Jens, reflecting on the transformative journey of art therapy.

A selection of art from the exhibition

Our Art for Wellbeing group sessions are for anyone who is neurodivergent or living with a neurological condition. The sessions aimed to support participants in developing a personalised creative wellbeing practice. No arts experience was necessary; attendees learned to respond instinctively, focusing on the process and their own thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

In these sessions, Jens supported each participant in reviewing and reflecting upon the work they produced. The sessions required a level of commitment but were hugely rewarding, supporting participants’ capacity to develop a mindful, reflective approach, greater insight, and an individual creative toolbox. Members worked both independently and as a group. Participants were welcome to attend with a support worker or a carer.

Adrift by Guy Kilgallen

The exhibition wasn’t just about demonstrating great artwork; it was a testament to the transformative power of self-expression.

Jens emphasised, “We weren’t setting goals here; success was self-defined. People left feeling lighter, more positive, having glimpsed new aspects of themselves.”

Each artwork told a unique story, offering insights into the subconscious and fostering a sense of community among participants. Jens highlighted the process-oriented nature of the sessions: “It was process-based. We weren’t just creating art; we were creating space for healing and self-discovery.”

As the curtains rose on this remarkable exhibition, it was an invitation to witness the beauty that emerged when creativity met compassion. Visitors joined us on this journey through the labyrinth of the mind, where every stroke of the brush was a step towards healing.

Category: News

Published: 10 July 2024