The Art of Recovery

The healing powers of art have been used to help transform Lea Court Treatment and Recovery Centre with the help of the people currently receiving treatment there.

David Lloyd, a professional artist, from Thornton Liverpool, was successfully chosen to showcase his skills following a call from AFG, which invited professional artists to submit their proposal to help transform our Treatment & Recovery Centres into therapeutic, thought-provoking and personally inspiring environments.

As part of David’s proposal, the people we support got the chance to get creative with a series of Animal Portrait Workshops on 20 and 22 May 2014.

The 2 day workshops saw David work with the people we support to create a range of abstract animal portraits that evoke humour and happiness, using oil and acrylic on canvas.

Carol Naylor, Registered Manager at Lea Court Treatment and Recovery Centre said: “It was a great opportunity for the people we support and the staff to enjoy the workshops, producing some fantastic artwork that brings a smile and instigates conversation.

It certainly showcased what had been hidden talents, and due to the informal approaches, people who would not normally engage in this type of activity joined in.”

Dawn Moorhouse, Trainee Art Therapist at AFG said: “Creating the animal portraits was a really enjoyable experience and helped to create a sense of working together towards a common goal. We were very fortunate to work with such a high quality artist as David and have the time and opportunity to express ourselves both individually and collectively using the art materials.”

Dan, supported by Lea Court Treatment and Recovery Centre said: “The workshops helped me to focus my mind and learn new skills. They made me realise that anyone can do art and it’s a great way to express myself creatively.”

Following the success of the first phase of our Guerilla Arts Project, we’ll be giving more people we support across our Treatment and Recovery Centres the chance to express themselves through art with a further series of workshops in the coming months.