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Launch of '50-50' Art Exhibition Showcasing the Work of Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury



Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív TD will be at the Town Hall, Galway on Monday, 7th March to officially launch ‘50-50’, an exciting new art exhibition celebrating the creative talents of artists who have survived a brain injury.

The exhibition, which is open to the public and has free admission, will run from Tuesday, 1st March to Thursday, 24th March 2005. Clients at QUEST Brain Injury Centre produced all of the artwork on display at the exhibition.

The exhibition forms part of QUEST’s commitment to the arts. Under an innovative arts programme, local artist, Jim Kavanagh worked closely with clients, supporting them as they explored their creative abilities using a wide range of media.

'The art classes are a fun and important element in the process of helping people to rebuild their lives following an acquired brain injury,” says Denise Donlon, co-ordinator, QUEST Brain Injury Services. “For many of our clients this was their first experience of using art as a means of exploring their creative side and expressing their thoughts and emotions.”

“The title of the exhibition, ’50-50’, was chosen by clients to reflect the fact that while their brain injury has impacted significantly on their lives they are still 100 per cent human beings, and have a valuable contribution to make to society.”

Each year more than 900 people in the Western Health Board area (Galway, Mayo and Roscommon) sustain a traumatic brain injury. Despite the high figures there has been a void in service provision after discharge from hospital. Many of those affected continue to suffer long-term problems such as memory loss, concentration difficulties, communication problems, income loss, isolation and anxiety.

QUEST addresses this gap by providing an innovative service that focuses on developing personal/ social & work-related skills. The aim of the service is to facilitate and support each client’s fullest participation in society – socially, economically, culturally and physically.

QUEST is part of the National Training and Development Institute (NTDI), the training and education division of the Rehab Group. Over the past decade NTDI has instigated a number of highly successful national and international programmes in relation to the arts. NTDI is committed to the development and support of initiatives that promote and celebrate artists with disabilities throughout Ireland.

ENDS

For further information on the art exhibition and Quest Brain Injury Services contact:

Denise Donlon, Co-ordinator, Quest Brain Injury Services Tel: 091 778864

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