At the mac birmingham, with financial support from the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the “Arts for the Brain” exhibition will run from the 12 to the 25 March 2012. The exhibition will display a variety of works of art, kindly lent by Stroke Association UK and Parkinson’s UK.
These paintings and photographs produced by people who have been diagnosed and are suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, express, in addition to their artistic qualities, the power of art to act, in many instances, as a conduit for rehabilitation and recovery, and thus to reaffirm the power of human creativity and individuality that goes beyond brain plasticity.
This exhibition celebrates the power of art to reaffirm individual creativity and promote the recovery of a mind-body balance in people with neurodegenerative diseases
During the BAW 2012, in conjunction with the exhibition, a series of Public Engagement with Science lectures will be held at the mac birmingham (Pinsent Room), to allow a closer interaction between scientists, public and some of the artists presented in the exhibition. Each lecture will be followed by an informal Q&A session chaired by the events organiser, neuroscientist Dr. Emil C. Toescu, School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.
- Wednesday 14 March at 18.30: lecture, sponsored by the Stroke Association UK, with Dr. Wai-Ling Bickerton, School of Psychology, and Mr. Mark Ware, film producer and one of the artists displayed.
- Thursday 15 March at 18.30: lecture, sponsored by the Parkinson's UK, with Dr Kieran Breen, Director of Research and Innovation at Parkinson's UK, and Ms Ramilla Patel, West Midlands Manager of Parkinson's UK.
- Friday 16 March at 18.30: lecture with by Professor Chris Miall, School of Psychology, and his artist collaborator, John Tckachenko. They will discuss the latest results of brain imaging studies of the mechanisms and brain regions that are activated during performing various artistic tasks, like drawing or painting.