Moving Pictures

More than 120 people took part in a series of workshops led by Michele Petrone when he was artist-in-residence at St Michael's Hospice, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, in 2001.

These Colour Our Feelings workshops brought together a wide range of people affected by cancer - patients, their families, friends, carers and, for the first time, health professionals. The aim was to help participants express what were often difficult feelings through paint, words and drama.

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The workshops culminated a few months later in a stunning exhibition of the work produced at St Michael's. Moving Pictures included not just paintings and drawings, but stories, decorated stones, a Tree of Life and image theatre. Hundreds of people visited the hospice for the exhibition. It was so successful that it went on tour to other venues in the area, including Rye and Bexhill.

Moving Pictures was a collaboration between Michele, the hospice, East Sussex, Brighton and Hove Health Authority, the Sara Lee Trust and creative arts facilitator Emma Coates. Emma works with a variety of arts media to support health care professionals in expressing issues in their practice. She uses image theatre as a tool for illuminating and transforming professional practice.