Brainboxes & Boundless Books – an extraordinary exhibition of art made in therapy

What: Brain Boxes & Boundless Books – an exhibition of recycled book art, montage and paper sculpture. All created by patients from Homerton University Hospital’s RNRU (Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit) working with professional artists.

Where: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1, Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ.

When: 16 June – 18 September 20 - Tues, Wed, Fri 9.30 - 5.30pm;
Thurs 9.30 - 8pm; Sat 10 - 5pm; Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays – closed

For: Free and for everyone.

Contact:; 020 8356 3500

Brainboxes & Boundless Books – an extraordinary exhibition of art made in therapy

Hackney Museum presents an exhibition of experimental art created over a year by long stay patients with brain injuries, from Homerton Hospital’s Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit.*

Many of the pieces in this unusual exhibition have been evolved out of recycled book art, paintings, magazines, doodles and collage. And the works include patients’ journals, scrapbooks, albums, dream diaries, sketchbooks and collaborative work. Much of the work reflects the patients’ experience of trauma and treatment and lives spent in recovery.

The astonishing, powerful and distinct visions at play in this exhibition carry a sense of joy and humour, as well as a raw and real insights into the condition of being human. All contributors were patients at Homerton who took twice-weekly art therapy classes as part of their on-going treatment following brain injuries.

The "brain boxes", which represent the thoughts and feelings inside the heads of the artists, are intricate sculptural objects into which text and images have been inserted to evoke memories and stimulate the imagination of the maker and the viewer.

Artist, exhibition curator and teacher Shaun Caton has worked with professional Hackney based sound artists, brownsierra** and hospital patients to help evolve the works.

Shaun Caton said: “The extraordinary artwork in this exhibition has a special therapeutic purpose in the lives of people with brain injuries at Homerton Hospital. Making images can give language to people who may have lost the power of the spoken word, it can also help individuals to come to terms with complex trauma. In many cases, learning to work with a paintbrush can help patients gain physical control and build their confidence."

Cllr Jonathan Mcshane, Cabinet member for Community Services said: “This really is an unmissable exhibition for anyone interested in the power of art to reach out to others, and to reach into us, even in the most extreme of circumstances. The pieces you’ll see in this exhibition of are in turn, powerfully moving, raw, sophisticated and humane. Come along and see for yourself.”