Art after stroke: exhibition showcases the work of local stroke survivors

Sybil Bloodworth

Sybil Bloodworth - Credit: Archant

Inspirational artwork created by stroke survivors from across Hunstanton will be displayed and put on sale at Hunstanton Methodist Church on August 19 and 20.

The artwork was produced by two groups of stroke survivors who attended art therapy workshops set up by the Stroke Association in Hunstanton and King’s Lynn.

Stroke survivors from the Coastal Stroke Support and Carers Group and West Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Stroke Group attended the workshops to explore different techniques, such as watercolours, pastels and felt making.

Sybil Bloodworth, from King’s Lynn, had a stroke last October at the age of 79. She spent a number of weeks in hospital and was left with aphasia, a communication difficulty, and memory problems following her stroke.

She used painting as way of helping her through her recovery and has now found a hidden talent.

Sybil said: “It’s been marvellous to join the art groups. I never bothered with art before I had a stroke.

“Coming to the group makes my life happy. It gets me out of the house, and teaches me lots. It’s helped me in so many ways and I’m really proud of what I have achieved.”

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Gemma Smith, communication support coordinator for the Stroke Association, said: “We’re amazed by everyone’s artwork, but in particular the beautiful artwork Sybil has created.

“Art therapy has given Sybil a new lease of life and it is now much more than a hobby, it is essential therapy for her.”

The exhibition has been organised by local artist, Stephen Martyn, and Stroke Association volunteer and stroke survivor, Al Ware.

Funds will go towards the Stroke Association and future workshops.

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