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Prism Arts

Person-centred visual arts projects improve physical mobility and emotional wellbeing for people living with stroke and dementia

What we do

Prism Arts works in Cumbria with stroke survivors and people living with dementia, in weekly group art sessions. Participant aspirations at the start of the programme range from “I want to write my name again,” to enabling those who had been artists to work in a safe and supportive space.

Prism Arts believe that art has the power to transform lives, bring people together and enable people who are experiencing barriers to engagement because of health, age or disability to reconnect and participate.

Conversation is the starting point at the weekly community-based sessions, when two professional artists are supported by volunteers. The group is now exhibiting work and touring exhibitions in local gallery spaces. Participants include people of different genders and ages who have developed new creative skills, improved mobility, health and wellbeing and confidence. A new social network has also developed, building a sense of community and wellbeing, laughter and enjoyment. 

Prism Arts is investigating research opportunities into participatory arts with the universities of Lancaster and Cumbria.

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