Art In The Aftermath
In support of the Invictus UK Trials Sheffield 2019 Style for Soldiers presents ‘Art in the Aftermath'.
Creative work has been scientifically proven to help re route the neurological pathways of the brain and the veterans, with financial support from the charity Style For Soldiers,have found peace and purpose over the year and the aim now is to launch economicallyviable careers for them doing what they love and supports them psychologically.
This July will see an exhibition of powerful images of visits to Headley Court Military Hospital, as well as photographic portraits of injured soldiers dressed immaculately in a photoshoot by top fashion photographers Ben Weller and Boo George. The exhibition will also be showing several Veterans short films inlcuding Former Royal Engineer and triple amputee Matt Weston's 'For Love of Words' which features Style for Soldiers Ambassador Charles Dance.
Of the six exhibiting artists, all millitary personnel using art in their recovery journey, two are from the local area and all artists will be in residence throughout the exhibition.
From 1pm to 2pm each day from 22nd to 26th July exhibiting poets Karl Tearney and Stewart Hill will perform their poetry, exhibiting artists will talk about their work with Q&A's from the audience and servicemen authors will read from their books including Harry Parker and Karl Tearney. Stewart Hill will also deliver his 30 minute 'There but Not There' performance of his experiences in Afghanistan.
Stewart Hill is portrait painter, poet and motivational speaker. Following severe Traumatic Brain injury incurred in Afghanistan whilst commanding B Company, 2 Mercian in Helmand in 2009, Stewart rediscovered a passion for painting and it’s vital healing properties as part of his long rehabilitation. Stewart has won several awards, including shortlisted this year for the RA Summer Exhibition and his paintings are on display in some leading galleries. Sir John Timpson OBE, The Duke of Bedford, Nick Knowles and Ray Winstone have all commissioned Stewart to paint their portraits. He is also an accomplished performing poet, writing about his experiences in the military with breathtaking power, conjuring up for the audience the horrors of the war in Afghanistan and responsibilities of military command. Stewart takes portrait commissions from all over the UK. Stewart is from Derbyshire busy painting local Sheffield cityscapes which will be showing and for sale at the Exhibition.
Martin Wade was medically discharged in 2015 following his diagnosis of PTSD in 2010 some three years after his return from Afghanistan. During a lengthy stay in a German Psychiatric Hospital he was encouraged to paint as part of a holistic approach to his therapy. He found a way to express creatively things he could not express in words.
Former Guardsman Dougie Adams was injured in an IED incident on the 21st of June 2012 on his third tour of Afghanistan and suffered the emotional trauma also of his best friend being killed in an IED attack. Dougie was diagnosed with PTSD and discharged from the Army in 2014 and has come to painting for pleasure and effective therapy. He loves dogs and paints powerful and witty portraits but is happiest when he is outside in the wide open landscape, where he feels at peace with his paints and his easel. Dougie is from Derbyshire busy painting local landscapes which will be showing and for sale at the Exhibition.
Karl Tearney has discovered poetry and art since he was medically discharged with PTSD, poems pouring urgently out of him, and his 570 to date poems will be displayed on one wall titled ‘For Love of Words’ . He also speaks honestly and powerfully about mental illness and gives voluntary talks to the Ambulance Service to help them deal with traumatic work. Karl’s first book of poetry “Second life” launches in July and will be on sale at Waterstones in Sheffield. Karl will be signing books throughout the week at the Exhibition.
Harry Parker grew up in Wiltshire and completed a Foundation Degree at Falmouth College of Art before going on to study History of Art at University College London, where he focussed on post - 1945 abstract expressionism. Harry joined the British Army when he was 23 and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009 before going to work as a civil servant. He met Emma Willis at Headley Court Military Rehabilitation Hospital shortly after an injury incurred in Afghanistan, where she was measuring the patients for complimentary shirts. He now works as a painter and writer, his first novel Anatomy of a Solider (2016) is published by Faber and Faber. Harry will be signing his latest book on July 22nd at the show.
John Cutting, studying BA Hons in Fine Art and served in the Royal Engineers, creates Sculptures and instillations from mainly recycled materials. Using the cement mixer on his website, he is creating an instillation which uses noise, video (live streaming from inside the working cement mixer) representing the inner thoughts of Post Traumatic Stress Injury and mental health sufferer. John will be exhibiting his sculptures at Art in the Aftermath.
15 Barkers Pool
From: 22/07/2019 To: 26/07/201910am - 6pm