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19 November 2013

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Exhibition opens at UCLan

An art exhibition at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) PR1 Gallery has demonstrated the importance of individuality and what the concept of reality means to service users.

The ‘Reality’ exhibition runs until the 29 November and is open to members of the public.

Occupational Therapy staff at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust have been working with service users in the Therapeutic Resource Centre at Guild Lodge to create paintings, sculptures and prints using a wide range of materials.

A diverse array of artwork is on display including a model head of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison and an eye-catching portrait of David Bowie. All pieces have been created using a variety of techniques with a focus on developing service user observation skills.

Margaret Ogunloken, Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “The reality theme aims to give a sense of what the service users are aiming towards as they progress through their journey here at Guild Lodge. A great deal of hard work and time has gone into the pieces of artwork these past twelve months and it’s been great to see so many different skills develop and flourish.

“We are proud to provide a space for the service users to showcase their work and want to support the Trust in dispelling the stigma associated with mental health.”

“Throughout the project the focus has very much been on individual contributions to group work and the fact that each and every individual has a different opinion or style. I’m really excited to see some of the fantastic work that’s been created on display throughout the exhibition and hope that all participants are extremely proud of their achievements.”

Bev Lamey from the School of Art, Design and Performance at UCLan has worked with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust on several projects over the last few years.

She added: “The University has a long association with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Guild Lodge and this is the fifth year in a row that we have hosted this particular exhibition. We are proud to provide a space for the service users to showcase their work and want to support the Trust in dispelling the stigma associated with mental health.

“It’s also a great opportunity for UCLan students to see the creative work of artists from the community which I’m sure will provide much inspiration.”

The centre piece of the exhibition is 7.5 metre long black and white mural which stretches across the full width of the galley depicting a huge urban panorama. The exhibition is at the University’s Victoria Building on Victoria Street in Preston until Friday 29 November.