art therapy at the christie
Cancer can be physically devastating, but it is emotionally draining too. And it’s these ‘silent’ side-effects that are most often overlooked. This is why the art room service at The Christie is so important.
And it's completely, 100% funded by our fantastic supporters.
Many of our service users say that coping with the emotional effects of cancer, can be as hard – if not harder – than dealing with the physical effects of treatment such as nausea and fatigue. In fact, long after treatment has finished, many people still report to feeling anxious.
The art room at The Christie has helped many service users cope with these effects. They may never have picked up a brush before, but it's somewhere they can escape, and be with others who understand what they're going through. It does something medicine cannot do - it helps them to feel normal again.
With your help we could make further improvements to the facilities and run more classes, so more service users can benefit from the sense of community and support that the art room brings.
When the Christie conducted an audit of the art room:
100% of patients said the service had changed how they felt about themselves. Many of these changes focused on happiness, confidence and increased sense of self-worth.
100% of patients said the art room made them feel less isolated.
100% would recommend the art room to other patients, and 97% would like to be able to use it more often.
“The art group has been the best medicine to help in my recovery.” Gillian, Christie service user
What we do - Pat Mountford - Artist in Residence
A relaxed space which supports service users and carers by helping them to discover their creativity at a time when they may be feeling at their most vulnerable.
A staff art group also runs as part of The Christie's commitment to staff support.
There are several drop in sessions each week for patients and their carers. No previous arts experience necessary - the sessions are informal, fun, and relaxing.
A wide range of activities are available, including working with professional artists to bring out your natural creativity.
Regular sessions are:
Monday 1.30 - 3.30pm
Wednesday 1.30 - 3.30pm
Thursday 10.30 - 3.30pm