Priory hospitals showcase service user's works of art

Priory Secure Services, is working in partnership with the charity Together to showcase service users’ artwork.

The ‘Bridging the Gapart exhibition, which is being held at Together’s national office at 12 Old Street in London, will feature a range of mixed media artwork completed by patients and is now open to members of the public until 23rd May 2014 (9am – 5pm).

The exhibition demonstrates the potential of art as a mode of therapy, allowing service users to express their feelings and release their inner creativity.

Service users from Thornford Park Hospital in Thatcham, Berkshire, Chadwick Lodge Eaglestone View in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Farmfield in Surrey, Cefn Carnau in Cardiff, Middleton St George Hospital near Darlington and Charles House in Salford will all be represented at the exhibition.

Dawn Jeffries, Director of Clinical Services at Thornford Park, said: “Art is a fantastic way for our service users to express themselves and creatively release their inner feelings, both positive and negative. This is the second exhibition we have held and is an excellent opportunity to showcase the valuable therapeutic work our secure hospitals are doing. It also has provided a unique way for our service users to work together across a number of sites and give an opportunity for members of the public to view some great art work.”

Liz Felton, CEO at Together, said: “We are pleased to be hosting this important exhibition for Priory Secure Services. People in secure mental health units are some of the most stigmatised, disenfranchised and unheard individuals in our society. Art can be a powerful recovery tool, as well as a way to showcase people’s talents and personalities so that they can be seen in terms of their creativity rather than their diagnosis.

“We have long supported The Priory to review and implement best practice in service user involvement, and we are constantly exploring further ways of working together so that we can increase independence, choice and control for individuals experiencing severe and enduring mental distress.”

For further information on the full range of Priory Secure Services, please call: 0845 277 4679