Science, Stroke, Art 2014 is a series of innovative public engagement and awareness events taking place in Manchester this May, as part of Action on Stroke Month.

About the event

SSA14 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, story-telling, science and art demonstrations in order to capture people’s imagination and challenge misconceptions about stroke.

Calendar of events

Science Stroke Art 2014 Launch

Thursday 1st May, 6pm — 9pm

Great Hall,
Manchester Town Hall,
Manchester

Scientist and stroke researcher Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell DBE and leading stroke clinician Professor Tony Rudd CBE will launch Science, Stroke, Art 2014 alongside stroke survivors and artists in a series of unique talks and performances. Hosted by GP and GMTV star Dr. Chris Steele, the evening will mix music, poetry and art with talks about stroke research and the latest in stroke treatment.

This event is by invitation only. If you want further information or to enquire about tickets please email northwest@stroke.org.uk

Read more on the speakers here.

The Dog That Barked Like a Bird

Friday 2nd May, 11:30am — 1pm

Lecture Theatre 4,
Stopford Building,
The University of Manchester,
Manchester

Mark Ware is a multi-media artist, an Honorary Research Fellow at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and a stroke survivor. During 1996 Mark had a severe stroke, an event that suddenly and abruptly altered every aspect of his life.

‘The Dog That Barked Like a Bird’ is a film created by Mark based on his diaries of stroke recovery. Described by Alan Bennett as, ‘an extraordinary piece of work’ this workshop will include a talk from Mark about how his stroke influences his art, a Q & A session and a screening of the film. For further details read Mark’s blog and email us.

View the flyer here and email us to register.

Stroke Stories

Friday 9th May, 12pm — 6pm

Historic Reading Room,
John Rylands Library,
Manchester

‘Stroke Stories’ is a human library and story-telling event at the John Rylands Library, Manchester. Stroke survivors will work with creative organisation ‘Writing on the Wall’ to develop stories based on their experiences of stroke.

With support of volunteers from The University of Manchester and the Stroke Association visitors to the library will be able to select a ‘book’, or stroke survivor, based on a summary of their story and then chat to them to find out more.

This event is free to attend so please come along on the day or email us northwest@stroke.org.uk

Creative Catalyst

Monday 12th May, 12pm — 4pm

Manchester Museum,
Manchester

‘Creative Catalyst’ is a collective conversation which brings together an invited group of stroke survivors and carers, clinicians, artists and cultural organisations. Together they will explore how we can work together to increase wider understanding, access and creative opportunities to benefit stroke survivors.

This event is by invitation only. If you want further information or to enquire about tickets please email northwest@stroke.org.uk

Pi: Platform for Investigation

Saturday 17th May, 10am — 3:30pm

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI),
Manchester

Led by neuroscientist Professor Stuart Allan and colleagues from The University of Manchester, with support from the Stroke Association, the event will help people to better understand the workings of the brain.

The interactive workshops and short talks will involve looking at images and scans of the brain, understanding the complexity of communication, discovering if a computer really can do more than the human brain and getting hands on to create an artistic record of the day.

This event is free to attend so please come along on the day.

Pint of Science presents Brains on Fire

Tuesday 20th May, 7pm — 9pm

Albert Club,
Didsbury

The Pint of Science festival sees some of the world’s best scientific researchers travel to pubs and bars across the UK to discuss their latest findings with the public.

At this event ‘Brains on Fire’ people will learn about research taking place at The University of Manchester into inflammation in the brain, here from a stroke survivor about their experiences of having a stroke and their recovery, and work together with artist and educator Amanda McCrann on an artistic representation of the two talks.

Read more about Pint of Science
Purchase tickets here

The Closer We Get

Tuesday 27th May, 11am — 4pm

Contact Theatre,
Manchester

This event is by invitation only. If you want further information or to enquire about attendance please email northwest@stroke.org.uk

Filmmaker Karen Guthrie has created a documentary about the impact of stroke on her family, after her mum had a stroke in 2008. Set for launch at film festivals later this year, this event will preview the poignant documentary in front of a small audience before a workshop will encourage people to share and explore the emotions triggered by the film.

Read more about The Closer We Get here

Green Screening

Tuesday 27th May, 7:30pm — 9:30pm

Contact Theatre,
Manchester

Peggy Shaw had a stroke in 2011. Rather than mourn what disappeared into the dark holes left behind by her stroke, Peggy decided to celebrate the fact that her brain was able to fill the blank spaces with new images and insights, in 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, on issues of self, memory and the power of the imagination in the wake of a life altering event.

Delivered as part of the University of Manchester’s 2014 Sexuality Summer School’s public event series on Queer Anatomies. The Sexuality Summer School (SSS) has been organised by the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture at the University of Manchester since 2008. This year’s SSS will focus on the theme of ‘Queer Anatomy’.

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Peggy Shaw’s RUFF

Wednesday 28th May, 8pm

Contact Theatre,
Manchester

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 them with her favourite confidants – the audience.

Delivered as part of the University of Manchester’s 2014 Sexuality Summer School’s public event series on Queer Anatomies. The Sexuality Summer School (SSS) has been organised by the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture at the University of Manchester since 2008. This year’s SSS will focus on the theme of ‘Queer Anatomy’.

The Stroke Association is hosting a wine reception and an ‘Ask the Doctor’ session with local stroke clinician Khalil Kawafi, after the show. This will be an opportunity to ask questions about stroke triggered by Peggy’s performance.

Read more here:
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The New York Times
Sexuality Summer School

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Tel 0161 742 7478 or email

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This work has been supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant ref 097820/Z/11/B]

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