Brain Injury Matters: Lockdown Zoom Workshops

Brain Injury Matters (NI) has developed a reputation for developing and delivering a range of innovative programmes and initiatives led by a diverse team of clinicians to support, promote and empower those individuals and families affected by acquired brain injury. Gwen devised this digital arts and storytelling program for Programme Co-ordinator, Ciara O’Malley, during lockdown. Participants told their stories of living with acquired brain injury through podcasting, animation, zines, dance & video. Hold on, anchor yourself and dream compassionately. This place and another place can co- exist in lockdown.

About the Project

Sharing the experience of overcoming a great challenge in life is a fundamental archetype in human story making. During lockdown, participants of Gwen’s digital arts & storytelling program told their stories of living with acquired brain injury through podcasting, animation, zines, dance & video. The group drew parallels between the physical restrictions they have experienced through acquired brain injury and those experienced by the general population during covid.

Participants had wisdom to offer and stories to share about their experiences of an acquired brain injury. They have connected and reconnected with their interests and passions to live fulfilling lives, talking about artistic discovery and practice as well as sports, music and photography. They hope to help, motivate and inspire other people through the difficulties and challenges of life.  

They can teach us that though our bodies may be locked down physically, our minds can go wherever they want and that this place and another place can co- exist in lockdown. They advise that we should choose kind places to go in our minds, allowing ourselves to imagine and be creative in the dreaming, to see what lies beyond the walls that hem us in and see what is on our horizon.

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