My Brain, My Journey Art Workshops

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The Whitworth

Oxford Road

Manchester

M15 6ER

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Information about the Exhibition:

The ‘My Brain: My Journey’ Exhibition aims to showcase the artistic talent of children and young people who have sustained life-changing brain injuries.

Through the support of a local artist and volunteers, children and young people will create individual and collaborative artwork that explores their rehabilitation journey. The exhibition gives a platform to these inspirational children and young people and provides them with the tools to explore, create and express their experiences. ‘My Brain: My Journey’ seeks to celebrate the achievement and bravery of these children and young people and show that through adversity comes empowerment.

Exhibition Information:

Date: Sunday 24th November

Times: 1pm - 4pm. (FREE ENTRY)

Venue: Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER

Raising money for the Neuro-Rehabilitation Service at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.


Information about the Workshops:

If you have reviewed the inclusion criteria (below) and your child/young person is ready to become a 'future artist' we recommend you sign up to one or two workshops for your child's age group and put the exhibition date in your diaries, as we hope to display as much of the artwork created as possible.

There are only 10 places per workshop, so please be sure to book your child/young person in by booking a free ticket on this website soon to avoid disappointment. Parents/Carers do not need to book a ticket for themselves, just for their child/young person.

All workshops will be led by a local Artist and supported by volunteers to help create masterpieces which the children/young people will be proud to display at the exhibition (My Brain: My Journey).

All materials will be supplied, and all workshops are an opportunity to be creative with other children/young people and at no charge.

There are two cafés at The Whitworth which will allow parents/carers to have some time to relax whilst your child/young person is creating artwork, however, we do ask all parents/carers to remain on-site to be available for personal hygiene/personal cares for their child/young person.

Please note the artist and volunteers will not meet any clinical needs.

What to expect at a workshop:

Your child/young person will have the opportunity to create an individual piece of artwork entirely of their choice supported by our Artist and volunteers. We may encourage them to take inspiration from their rehabilitation journey following their brain injury, but this is a personal choice.

They will also have the opportunity to work with their fellow Artists within the workshop and create a big group piece.

We will have someone taking photographs of the creative process, however, no photos will be taken without consent from the parents/carers.


Feeling unsure if your child/young person is eligible to attend the workshops?

Essential inclusion criteria to attend the workshop:

  • Child or young person aged 5-18 years.

  • The child/young person sustained a brain injury after the age of 2 years.

  • The child/young person is able to follow basic instructions (alternative communication strategies can be used if required but specific strategies will need to be clarified before the workshop).

  • The child/young person is able to communicate their ideas verbally or through an alternative medium (a high- tech or low-tech communication aid).

  • The child/young person needs to be medically well enough to attend.

  • The child/young person is able to tolerate up to an hour of activity.

  • A parent or carer will need to be available to stay on-site throughout the workshop to support their child/young person if personal cares, comfort breaks are required

  • The child/young person is able to attend one or two of the workshops for their age group.

  • The child/young person is interested in creating artwork to be displayed in an exhibition at The Whitworth



What are my transport/parking options getting to The Whitworth?

If arriving by train:

The nearest train station will be Manchester Oxford Road. On leaving the train station turn right onto Oxford Road, heading south away from the City Centre. Continue along Oxford Road past the Aquatics Centre and the University. The Whitworth is located on the right opposite the University Hospital.

If arriving by car:

Coming from the M60 direction. Leave the M60 at J3 and turn left onto the A34 Kingsway. At the roundabout take the 1st exit at the roundabout onto Moseley Road. Then take the second right onto Wilmslow Road. Continue along Wilmslow Road as it turns into Oxford Road. The Whitworth is located on the left.

Coming from the City Centre. Leaving the A57(M) Mancunian Way at the Cambridge Street roundabout head onto Higher Cambridge Street, heading South, away from the City Centre. Continue along the road as it turns into Lloyd Street North. Then, turn left onto Denmark road and continue until the end of the Road. Turn right onto Oxford Road and the Whitworth is located on the right.

Car parking:

There is no parking at the gallery itself but there are car parks located on Grafton Street and there is also a multi-storey car park located on Hathersage Road, off Oxford Road.

There is also on-street short-stay parking on Denmark Road.

Buses:

Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147. Ask for bus stop nearest Manchester Royal Infirmary on Oxford Road.

The Whitworth is wheelchair accessible.

For further information about the venue, please see below:

http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/visit/

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