Art for Recovery and Health – A Personal Story

There’s a Storm Coming – Rhys Abbott

Two years ago, I was waiting for major heart surgery. I was also committed to exhibiting paintings at “BraveArt 6” in The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park.

Just my luck, the timing of surgery/recuperation and exhibition clashed in May 2013 – but I was really determined to make sure my pictures were on show despite my absence. It really helped motivate me and prepare me mentally for the heart procedure.

We all have different hobbies and skills, but for me returning back to the arms of the art society has been wonderful and it has certainly supported my recuperation, reinvigorated my creative juices, and outlook on life!

If you are interested in seeing the fruits of our work – you are welcome to come to our forthcoming free art exhibitions this year:

BraveArt 8 – The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, Poole
10:30 am to 3:45 pm, Friday 24 April to Monday 4 May inclusive


BraveArt 9, Affordable Art Show – The Street Gallery, Poole Grammar School, Gravel Hill, Poole
10:00 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May inclusive.

By the way, our “BraveArt” brand was inspired from the Brave Heart film with the intention to give us confidence to exhibit our art. This now has an added resonance for me post successful surgery!

Jonathan Stiby
East Dorset BraveArt Society