Saturday, 18 September 2021

Patients’ work to debut at Nettlebed Art and Craft Show

PAINTINGS and drawings by patients at Sue Ryder’s Joyce Grove hospice will be on display for

PAINTINGS and drawings by patients at Sue Ryder’s Joyce Grove hospice will be on display for the first time at this year’s Nettlebed Art and Craft Show.

The show, which has been held for over 60 years, takes place on the weekend of August 1 and 2 at Nettlebed Community School in the High Street.

Karen Guy, head of clinical services at the hospice, will open this year’s show at noon on the Saturday.

It will run until 6pm on the Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on the Sunday. Teas and homemade cakes will be available throughout the weekend and there is ample free parking.

Rob Molyneux, co—chairman of the Nettlebed Art Society, said: “The Nettlebed Art Society was created to give local artists the opportunity to show and sell their work, but it also proudly gives all profits to local charities including Sue Ryder Nettlebed hospice.

“We are very excited that we are able to show their work, and that Karen Guy will open the show, and hope that this will increase awareness of the excellent work Sue Ryder does here in the local community.”

In addition to work by local artists and craftsmen, there will be a display of work by children from Nettlebed Community School and prisoners at Huntercombe prison.

All proceeds from the sale of the prisoners work will be donated to Sue Ryder’s Nettlebed hospice.

Alison Boyland is the diversional therapist at the hospice. She runs art therapy for day hospice patients on Wednesdays and Thursdays and says they really enjoy the creativity.

She said: “They are at a time in their lives when they have to cope with not being able to do the things they have previously enjoyed doing. Art therapy offers them a chance to learn new skills and things about themselves.”

Alison makes sure to keep the time centred on each individual patient, helping them find what she calls their “magic button” — the thing that makes each person engage and get the most out of living.

The art provides a distraction from their illness and patients often comment on how invigorated they feel at the end of each session, having seen their creations come to life.

There are physiological benefits to art therapy as well — it can help reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and being engrossed in art can leave patients feeling calm and relaxed.

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