Artwork of eating disorder patients goes on display

Service-users have worked with Trust's art therapy team 

Artwork of eating disorder patients goes on display
07 March 2018

An exhibition of artwork by patients being treated for eating disorders by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust  has been opened.

The patients are all being treated at S3 ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, which is run by staff from mental health and community care provider CPFT.

The collection, which includes paintings, illustrations and pottery was officially opened on Wednesday, 28 April, and included a performance from mental health campaigner and singer-songwriter Emily Maguire.

Kimberley Iyemere, Arts Therapies Professional Lead at CPFT, and colleague, Cat Clifford, have worked with the patients for the past year.

Kimberley, pictured above (centre) with Damian Hebron, Head of Arts at Addenbrooke's and Emily Maguire, said: “It’s been a real privilege to work with the patients of the S3 ward. They have come up with a very powerful collection of works and we are delighted that they have agreed to exhibit it so other patients, visitors and staff will be able to see it.

“Eating disorders can be very complex and our staff do an incredible job. Art therapy can play a really important role to play in helping give patients a platform to share their feelings, aiding their recovery, and helping other people to understand their condition.

“I am sure that anyone who views the exhibition, which is called Mixed Messages, will find it very thought-provoking.”

To mark the official opening Emily Maguire renewed her links to CPFT.

Cambridge-born Emily, whose fifth studio album A Bit Of Blue which was released last year and
continues to receive regular airplay on Radio 2, performed for patients and staff at S3 last year
as part of a series of concerts for CPFT staff and service-users.

Emily has spoken openly about her own bipolar disorder since 2010 and she chronicled her time at a inpatient ward at Fulbourn Hospital in 1998 in her book Start Over Again.

The exhibition continues until Monday, 9 April.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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