Unique exhibition expressing experiences of movement disorders


Sculptures and art pieces created during a series of workshops by people living with movement disorders in Shropshire are now display at a special exhibition at Oswestry’s Visitor and Exhibition Centre.

The collaborative exhibition displays artworks which creatively express experiences of living with movement disorders, especially a little-known neurological condition called Dystonia.

The art forms have been created through workshops which took place across Shropshire as part of a project called ‘Dystonic Forms’, made possible thanks to the support of the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.

Art teacher and artist, Carole Thorpe-Gunner, the spearhead behind the project who lives with Dystonia herself, says: “It’s been a truly wonderful opportunity to bring local people with movement conditions together, to be able to creatively explore our everyday experiences of living with a disability. We’ve experimented with all kinds of materials and forms so it’s been a really exciting process. I’m so proud of each and every person who came along to our workshops to create their own unique art piece. The workshops are still ongoing throughout March and creations will be added to future exhibitions too.

“We’re extremely grateful to Arts Council and the National Lottery Grants who have given us the vital support to make this unique opportunity possible, as well as Flints who have donated some fantastic materials for the creation of our sculptures.

"I hope locals come along to see the exhibit for themselves, and to learn about experience of living with various disability, especially Dystonia.”

The exhibition is now open to the public and runs until Saturday 28 March at Oswestry’s Visitor and Exhibition Centre before touring other exhibition spaces across Shropshire.

  • Published on 6th March 2020