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Launch of Science Stroke Art 2014!


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We are excited to announce the launch of Science Stroke Art 2014: a series of innovative public engagement and awareness events taking place in Manchester in May 2014 as part of Action on Stroke month.

Science Stroke Art 2014 is a partnership between the Stroke Association, leading neuroscientists and researchers from the University of Manchester, a number of cultural organisations and artists from across the region, and stroke survivors themselves. The programme of events will include talks, theatre, storytelling, science and art demonstrations in order to capture people’s imagination and challenge misconceptions of stroke.

The newly launched website for Science Stroke Art 2014 includes a calendar of all scheduled events, a blog, and a number of videos produced by the Stroke Association, which reflect on stroke through the media of science and art.

This year, Sexuality Summer School 2014 have been working with Science Stroke Art 2014 and Contact to help stage two events during Action on Stroke month. Firstly, on Tuesday 27 May, renowned performer Peggy Shaw will be holding a Green Screening workshop at Contact at 7.30pm. Following her stroke in 2011, Peggy decided to celebrate the fact that her brain was able to fill the blank spaces with new images and insights: a process she calls Green Screening. In this workshop, Peggy will share her Green Screening as a shifting dialogue between her and her long-time collaborator and friend, Lois Weaver, discussing issues of self, memory and the power of the imagination in the wake of a life-altering event.

On Wednesday 28 May, Peggy will stage a performance of RUFF at Contact at 8pm. Since Peggy’s stroke, she’s realised she has never really performed solo. She has always had a host of crooners, lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands and eccentric family members living inside her. RUFF is a tribute to those who have kept her company for 68 years and an opportunity to share with her favourite confidants – the audience. The Stroke Association are holding a wine reception at Contact before the event, and after the show local stroke clinician, Khalil Kawafi, will hold an ‘Ask the Doctor’ session. This will be an opportunity to ask questions about stroke following Peggy’s performance.

To book either of these events, please visit the Contact website here.

To see the calendar of exciting events for Science Stroke Art 2014, please visit their website here.


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