Thursday, August 19, 2010

National Gallery Innovative Art Project For Stroke Suvivors to Restore Creativity | Art Knowledge News

National Gallery Innovative Art Project For Stroke Suvivors to Restore Creativity | Art Knowledge News
LONDON.- An innovative art project developed by the National Gallery is giving a group of stroke survivors the chance to get their creative juices flowing. Ageing Creatively is an outreach programme that aims to make it possible for people who may be isolated, vulnerable or unable to visit the Gallery independently, to access and enjoy the collection. During November, members of the Greenhill Aphasia Group took part in four outreach workshops at the Greenhill Centre in Newham. Aphasia is a difficulty speaking or understanding speech, reading or writing. It occurs following damage to the brain and is most common after a stroke.

Participants worked with artist Viyki Turnbull to create still-life drawings and paintings.

For this project – titled “The Real and Unreal” – the group looked at images of still-life paintings in the National Gallery’s permanent collection and compared and contrasted the different approaches that artists have

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hannah Mumblings

Today I helped hang an exhibition at Newcastle University Ex Libris Gallery, which shows work produced by people with Aphasia. 

Aphasia is a communication and language impairment which is most commonly caused when a person's brain is damaged by a stroke. Aphasia often makes it difficult to process words, especially in sentences, whether they be written, read or spoken.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Aphasia chosen as Official Selection of Big Bear Lake International Film Festival in California

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Aphasia chosen as Official Selection of Big Bear Lake International Film Festival in California

Aphasia will screen September 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. July 30, 2010 … The short film Aphasia has been chosen as an Official Selection of the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival and will be shown in Big Bear, CA in September 2010.

Magic Words

Spellbound = Aphasic?
Is to be spellbound to experience aphasia?

"She stood silent, motionless, spellbound. Words had lost all meaning."
—Mary Stewart, Unspotted from the World (1897)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saul Bellow Writes a Love Letter, and Considers Heaven

I’ve become forgetful, too. Nothing like your father’s nominal aphasia. I find I can’t remember the names of people I don’t care for—in some ways a pleasant disability. I further discover that I would remember people’s names because it relieved me from any need to think about them. Their names were enough. Like telling heads. NEXT....

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ottawa artist recognized for work with aphasia sufferers

Until he started volunteering at the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa two years ago, Jeffrey Burns had no idea how much he had in common with people suffering from aphasia, a disturbance in processing or understanding language due to brain damage, often from a stroke.

But the Ottawa artist quickly discovered that, like him, people with aphasia often rely on a visual language to express themselves. Instead of speaking, reading or writing, they count on pictures to do the talking for them. “I value images very much, as well as the written word and the poetics of language, so I really understand how frustrating it must be to have difficulty with those things,” said Burns.

Fluent Aphasia (Wernicke Aphasia) Symptoms

This form of aphasia is caused due to damage to the middle left region of the brain, where the language network exists. It is called fluent aphasia because people suffering from this form of speech disorder have the ability to speak long, complex sentences fluently, however, these sentences often make no logical sense and are strings of inappropriately used or unrecognizable words. They cannot understand what others are saying properly and fail to see that others cannot understand what they are trying to say.Next...