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The role art can play in positive change

The role art can play in positive change

Art is often used in a therapeutic way to express and communicate emotional and social issues.

Creative activities can be hugely beneficial to people after brain injury. Many survivors report a positive impact from creative activities on a wide range of issues they face, as well as boosting mental health and confidence. They can also help with rehabilitation by encouraging survivors to practice manual dexterity and memory skills.

Last year, Christie’s, one of the world’s leading auction houses, chose Headway – the brain injury association as its Charity of the Year. They organised a staff auction as one of its fundraising activities – with creativity at its heart.

Christie’s London staff members and guest artists submitted artwork to the auction, which celebrated how art can play a role in having a positive impact on those taking part.

Headway Digital Communications Manager Gemma had the pleasure of attending the much-anticipated opening night alongside Corporate Partnerships Manager Amber, viewing the incredible artwork and meeting some of the artists involved. Gemma said: “What a wonderful event. I loved meeting with such creative people. The variety, the stories behind the work – I felt really inspired!”

Among the artists, Lydia Smith, a multi-disciplined artist, explained how she creates her art by working from her hands to software, to her mind and back to her hands. She expressed her pride in supporting Headway, highlighting a personal connection to the cause.

“I’m proud to be supporting a fantastic cause. My Grandma died from a stroke, so Headway’s work really resonates with me.”

I’m proud to be supporting a fantastic cause. My Grandma died from a stroke, so Headway’s work really resonates with me.

Artwork: Vessel @lydiasmithartist

Chelsea Maria West, a Continuing Education Coordinator at Christie’s Education, reflected on the therapeutic value of crafting and her joy in contributing to Headway’s mission.

Knitting this made me realise how good crafting is for mental health. Making something useful that I can use regularly shows me what I have achieved every time I use it. I’m so glad this event is for Headway.

Artwork: Going once, going twice, sold! @SEW.EST

Photographer Benjamin Youd spoke of the meditative and calming effect of artistic expression.

“Photography is an instant discipline that can be used as a tool to help therapeutically. Taking photos really helps you to pay attention to the world. It makes you slow down and appreciate your surroundings, light and nature. It helps you to calm down and centre yourself.”

Artwork: Gazing at the stars #1 @benjaminyoud


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